The Twins outfielder Torii Hunter, 40, announced Monday his retirement after 19 seasons in the MLB.
There was no press conference for his announcement or a farewell tour. Instead Hunter, 40, told La Velle E. Neal III, the Minnesota Twins beat writer, for the Minnesota Star-Tribune about his decision.
â€œI’ve been married to the game 23 years,â€ Hunter said. â€œI put it almost No. 1 in my life. My family kind of second. I made sacrifices for my family. And now it is time to give them more time.â€
Hunter, who said he had contemplated retirement during the previous two offseasons, entered 2015 thinking it would be his last season. He kept those thoughts private, however.
â€œI didn’t want a going-away tour,â€ Hunter said. â€œI didn’t want to be a distraction.â€
Hunter also made the announcement of his retirement on Instagram by posting a collage of photos and thanking everyone for their support.
My family and I feel as though the time has come to close the door on this chapter in my life. I’ve been married to the game for many years and now it is time to start a new chapter. I have learned a lot during this journey, and I appreciate the opportunity that God has given me to play this great game. Some will say that I am retiring from baseball; but I will say that I am transitioning, because BASEBALL will be a part of my life forever. #loveyoufans #blessed #seeyaaround
The news prompted several well-wishes: Â
Thank you for all the memories @tnutts48! You truly are one of a kind! #ThankYouTorii A photo posted by Los Angeles Angels (@angels) on
Hunter spent 12 of his 19 MLB season with the Twins. The 12th season was in 2015. In between his time with the Twins, Hunter spent five seasons with the Angels and two with the Tigers. As his MLB career comes to an end, Hunter leaves baseball with five All-Star appearances and winner of nine Gold Glove awards. In 2,372 career games, Hunter hit a .277 batting average and 353 homers in his career with the Twins, Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers.
Hunter was drafted by the Twins in 1993 as the 20th overall pick out of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He ends his major league career with his original team at age 40.