The veteran home runner Jay Bruce has announced that it was his time to hang up the spikes and mitt to retire from baseball Big leagues.
After a 14-year career in the Big Top, Bruce retires in the uniform of New York Yankees. The patrolman and first baseman came to the team this free agency after agreeing to a minor league contract.
“It’s difficult but I feel at peace with it. I feel so good about the game. I love baseball, I don’t feel tired of it or angry with it. I feel like it has given me so much and I hope to leave it better than I found it.” , Bruce told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Bruce has struggled this season on duty and only had four hits on 34 times that he took an at-bat. In addition to his low batting average (.118), he homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees.
“I feel like I really felt it a week ago when the thought stuck in my mind. On Friday I decided to tell Aaron that my plan was to retire and I really appreciated the opportunity. Finally, I felt like I couldn’t perform at the level expected of myself. “Bruce acknowledged.
Billed as a power player with the wood, Bruce finished with 30 or more home runs in five seasons. In total, he amassed 319 hits for the street throughout his career.
“It has been a great career for him. He has been a truly professional with us. I have been grateful to be around him the last few weeks. I really wish him the best in his future. Today should be a proud day for him in what he does. it has really been a special race, “added Boone.
Bruce played for Cincinnati Reds, mainly, and also passed through New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies. He retired with 951 RBIs and 600 walks, plus an average of .244 in the batting box.
Sees will prosper
Once with the Bronx team, an injury to Luke Voit put Bruce on the first mat to repair the loss of the last home run champion (22) from the Big Top.
“Luke is doing great. He’s been taking some rounds the last couple of days so he’s on his way back. I don’t want to put a comeback date because he has to take batting practice and all that, but he’s really going well.” highlighted the New York strategist.
Currently, with Rougned Odor aboard the club, Boone has chosen to start DJ LeMahieu on the first mat as his starting first baseman returns.