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Former Red Sox World Series Winner Announces Retirement

Tyler Maher
A member of the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox has retired.
A member of the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox has retired. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After 11 seasons and 858 MLB games, Eduardo Nunez is calling it a career.

The well-traveled utilityman announced his retirement on Friday via Instagram more than two years after his last MLB game.

Eduardo Nunez Retirement

Nunez, 35, hadn't played since 2020, when he appeared in just two games for the New York Mets. It was a quiet ending to a solid and often eventful career, highlighted by an All-Star appearance with the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and a World Series title with the Boston Red Sox in 2018.

The DR native began his career with the New York Yankees in 2010, where he immediately made an impact with his ability to play multiple positions. He also helped fill in at shortstop for an aging Derek Jeter as his Hall-of-Fame career was winding down.

The Yankees traded Nunez to the Twins in 2014, where he emerged as a surprise All-Star in 2016, when he set career-highs with 16 home runs and 40 stolen bases while splitting time between the Twins and San Francisco Giants. The Giants flipped him to the Red Sox in 2017, where he helped Boston win a championship the following year and remained through 2019.

A solid hitter, speedy baserunner and versatile fielder, Nunez enjoyed success wherever he went. He batted .276/.310/.404 for his career while playing primarily third base and second base, although he also played shortstop and spent some time in the outfield. He was also a key contributor to several playoff runs, appearing in five postseasons throughout his career.

While Nunez wasn't usually a star, he was always a good player to have on your team.

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