There comes a time in the life of baseball when you have to hang up the spikes officially. That’s what former Dodgers All-Star Adrián González did on Saturday in a post on Instagram.
The 39-year-old had plenty of thank yous along the way in his post.
I am officially announcing my retirement today. I got to play in MLB for 15 years plus the minor leagues, Mexican summer and winter league. The Caribbean Series, the World Baseball Classic, and the Olympic games. What a blessing.
As A-Gon said, the 5-time All-Star was a veteran of 15 MLB seasons. He spent 6 of those in Los Angeles with the Dodgers. Perhaps the most productive stop in his career was down south in San Diego where he picked up 3 of those All-Star berths and won a pair of Gold Gloves at first base.
Altogether while playing for LA, San Diego, the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and finally the New York Mets, González hit 317 home runs and drove in 1,202 runs over 1,929 career games.
With so many stops along the way, his thank yous list was long in his retirement post. First and foremost, his family got the top billing in his gratitude. Then the sport itself.
Baseball thank you for all you gave me. Great teammates, coaches, memories, and most importantly friends for life. … Baseball has been in my DNA since I was born and it will always be a part of who I am. With this I say goodbye to my baseball playing career.
Adrián played his final game all the way back in 2018 with the Mets, but now that he made his retirement official, we can sit back and thank him for all the memories in Dodger blue. Congrats to A-Gon and his family for a wonderful career!