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5-time All-Star Tulowitzki announces retirement from baseball

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/25/2019
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He made it back. He just didn’t last long.

Troy Tulowitzki, who signed with the Yankees in the offseason with the hopes he could shake off the injuries that cost him a year and a half of his career, announced his retirement in a statement on Thursday.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to announce my retirement as a Major League Baseball player,” Tulowitzki wrote.

Tulowitzki, 34, had been on the injured list since early in the season after starting the season as the Yankees opening-day shortstop. He played just five games — 13 plate appearances — before a calf strain put him on the sidelines.

“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. I will forever be grateful for every day that I’ve had to live out my dream. It has been an absolute honor.

“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.

“I want to thank the Yankees organization and Brian Cashman for giving me the opportunity to wear the Yankees uniform and live out another childhood dream. I wish that my health had allowed for a different ending to that chapter. "

He concluded his statement: “I’m saying goodbye to Major League Baseball, but I will never say goodbye 2 the game I love. Thanks again 2 all of you!”

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