Former Guardians Fan Favorite Officially Announces Retirement
While the Cleveland Guardians reported to Spring Training, the franchise is focused on improving upon a strong 92-win campaign and AL Central title in 2022. There's a lot of buzz and excitement in the air at Guardians' camp, but they did learn of a slightly sour note on Monday.
It was revealed that a former fan favorite announced his retirement from baseball.
After spending his first nine seasons with the club, second baseman Jason Kipnis is hanging his cleats up. He hasn't played with an MLB club since 2020 when he spent one brief stop with the Chicago Cubs.
Kipnis is essentially a lifelong Guardian and will be remembered as such.
"My mind and body just aren't up for the commitment anymore. Frustrating at first, but there's only one feeling I'm left with that stands out above all ... Gratitude," said Kipnis.
Affectionately known by fans as 'Dirt Bag', Kipnis ended his decade-long MLB career with a .260/.333/.416 slash line alongside 128 home runs and 545 RBIs.
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