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Former Cincinnati Reds star Jay Bruce retires after 14 seasons

Apr. 10 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce (32) stands in the on deck circle during against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks defeated the Reds 10-8. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Following a slow start to his 14th season, New York Yankees first baseman and outfielder Jay Bruce announced his retirement on Sunday.

The three-time All-Star batted .118 (4-for-34) with one homer and three RBIs in 10 games while filling in for injured first baseman Luke Voit.

“After 14 incredible seasons, I’ve decided to make the very difficult decision to retire from baseball,” Bruce said in a statement released by MLB Network. “All I ever wanted to be ‘when I grew up’ was a baseball player, and to say that I got to live out my dream would be the understatement of a lifetime. This sport gave me more than I could’ve ever asked for.”

He’s available to play in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, with his retirement becoming official after, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday morning.

The left-handed hitter has a lifetime .244 average with 319 home runs, 951 RBIs and 1,455 hits in 1,650 games with the Cincinnati Reds (2008-16), New York Mets (2016-17, 2018), Cleveland Indians (2017), Seattle Mariners (2019), Philadelphia Phillies (2019-20) and Yankees.

–Field Level Media