Yankees’ SS Troy Tulowitzki announces retirement

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After a 14-year career that saw him dazzle baseball fans and be one of the game’s best players at his peak, New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement on Thursday.

Drafted with the No. 7 pick in the 2005 MLB Draft, Tulowitzki came up with the Colorado Rockies and quickly became a fan favorite thanks to his play.

In nearly 10 seasons with the Rockies, Tulowitzki fought through injuries to become a five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove recipient at shortstop. Tulowitzki’s prime saw him post a .306/.378/..531 slash line with 128 home runs and a .908 OPS from 2010-’15.

Unfortunately, injuries proved to be costly for Tulowitzki. He struggled in two and a half seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and never could reach the level he once played at.

After signing with the Yankees this offseason, Tulowitzki’s highlight moment came when he homered off his former team. Injuries struck him once again shortly after as a calf strain in April ultimately ended his baseball career.

Tulowitzki retires with a career .290/.361/.495 slash line, 225 home runs and 780 RBI. While injuries prevented him from potentially reaching legendary status, his peaks will be remembered by baseball fans.