Torii Hunter is calling it quits.
The five-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner told the Star Tribune on Monday that he’s ready to focus on life outside baseball.
“I’ve been married to the game 23 years,” Hunter said. “I put it almost No. 1 in my life. My family kind of second. I made sacrifices for my family. And now it is time to give them more time.”
Hunter kept things quiet until now because he “didn’t want a going-away tour” or “to be a distraction.”
“I’m retiring because I want to focus on my family,” he told the Star Tribune.
Hunter, 40, retires with 2,452 hits and a .277 batting average, in addition to 353 home runs and 1,391 RBIs, in 19 major league seasons with the Twins, Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers.
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MLB star Torii Hunter announced his retirement Monday
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