Troy Tulowitzki Retires from MLB

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki announced on Thursday that he is retiring. He announced his retirement in a statement released through the New York Yankees.

“For as long as I can remember, my dream was to compete at the highest level as a Major League Baseball player … to wear a big league uniform and play hard for my teammates and the fans,”  Tulowitzki said in the statement, per ESPN. “I will forever be grateful for every day that I’ve had to live out my dream. It has been an absolute honor. “

He added, “I will always look back with tremendous gratitude for having the privilege of playing as long as I did. There is no way to truly express my gratitude to the fans of Colorado, Toronto and New York. They always made my family and I feel so welcome.”

The Colorado Rockies drafted Tulowitzki in 2005. He was second for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007. In ten seasons with the Rockies, he helped them reach the World Series in 2007 and the NL Division series in 2009.

Halfway through the 2015 season the Rockies traded Tulo to the Toronto Blue Jays. This season was his first with the Yankees. However he played in five games for the Yankees due to injury.

Tulowitzki ends his career with a .290 batting average, 225 home runs, 1,391 hits, and 780 RBIs. He was an All-Star five times and won two Gold Glove awards. Tulo is one of three shortstops in major league history to have a .290 average and at least 20 home runs in six straight seasons.

Even though he’s now retired, Tulo will still be involved in baseball. He has been hired to be an assistant coach for the University of Texas baseball team, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Tulowitzki will be a good baseball coach. He was a good player and a good shortstop. He will be missed in Major League Baseball.

Congrats Tulo on a good professional career. We’ll miss seeing you play.

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