Braves' Tyler Flowers Announces Retirement
MLB catcher and notable Atlanta Brave Tyler Flowers announced that he is retiring from baseball. He has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career, but the recent issues he has gone through involving degenerative discs in his back have become too dangerous to play through.
Flowers had recently signed a minor-league deal to return to the Braves, but has now decided to change course.
Braves News: Tyler Flowers Retires
Flowers spent his first seven MLB seasons with the Chicago White Sox, but became a household name while starting with the Braves during his last five seasons. Pitchers loved to work with Flowers behind the plate as he worked to be one of the best pitch framers in the league.
The 35-year-old was no slouch on the offensive side of the ball, either. Flowers hit 86 home runs, racked up 301 RBI, and scored 267 runs over the course of 802 games played. He finished his career with a slash line of .237/.319/.391 and also drew 227 walks.
As a 33rd-round pick by the Braves back in 2005, Flowers exceeded expectations throughout his career and will now work for the organization in a new role. He will be helping incorporate data from the club's analytics department into game preparation.
Although it won't be out on the field, it is great to see that the Georgia native will still be able to help out his hometown team for years to come.
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