Nov 2, 2023, 03:19 PM ET
Seven-time All-Star Nelson Cruz, renowned for his impressive 464 career home runs, has officially declared his retirement from Major League Baseball after an illustrious 19-season journey. The announcement was made during a recent appearance on “The Adam Jones Podcast.”
Cruz, aged 43, revealed to Jones that he intends to participate in the Dominican Professional Baseball League this winter, marking the end of an era in what can be considered a farewell tour.
A Legendary Farewell
During the podcast, Jones inquired, “So this is the last we’re seeing of Nelson Cruz?” To which Cruz responded, “I think so, yeah.”
Cruz’s retirement comes after his release from the San Diego Padres on July 10, just six months after signing a one-year, $1 million contract. Throughout this season, he showcased his skills as a designated hitter, amassing a batting average of .245 with 5 home runs and 23 RBIs in 49 games.
With a career batting average of .274 and an impressive 1,325 RBIs across eight teams, Cruz has left an indelible mark on the sport. His exceptional performance earned him the prestigious Silver Slugger Award four times, and he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 American League Championship Series as a member of the Texas Rangers.
Beginning his professional journey with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005, Cruz spent the next eight seasons with the Texas Rangers. He also had stints with the Orioles, Mariners, Twins, Rays, Nationals, and Padres throughout his illustrious career.
A Controversial Chapter
In 2013, Cruz found himself among 13 players banned by Major League Baseball due to their association with Biogenesis of America, a Florida clinic accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs. As a result, Cruz faced a 50-game suspension.