Nelson Cruz Retires After 19 MLB Seasons

It’s clear that the wheels had been falling off, but nonetheless, Nelson Cruz will go down as one of the most pure-hitting Designated Hitters of all time. The 2023 season was the last that we’ll see of him as a player at the MLB level. After 19 years, he has decided to hang up the cleats.

The future hall-of-famer revealed on the Adam Jones podcast that he’ll retire after the Dominican Winter League season concludes. The league will serve as the last hurrah.

So this is the last we’re seeing of Nelson Cruz?” Jones asked.

Said Cruz: “I think so, yeah.”

Cruz, 43, has put up some marvelous numbers in his playing career. The right-handed slugger played in 2,055 games and hit 464 home runs in that span. The crazy part is… he was a late bloomer, not reaching the MLB til he was 26. He had never hit double-digit home runs until his fifth season in the Major Leagues.

He wound up playing for a total of eight teams, but is most notably known for his gaudy numbers with the Rangers, Orioles and Mariners.

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