Troy Tulowitzki an­nounces retirement from MLB

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Pete Caldera, The Record (Hack­en­sack, N.J.)

Troy Tulowitzki is calling it a ca­reer. The for­mer All-Star short­stop an­nounced his retirement Thurs­day af­ter­noon in a state­ment re­leased through the New York Yan­kees.

Tulowitzki, 34, ap­peared in five games this sea­son for the Yan­kees be­fore land­ing on the in­jured list.

“For as long as I can re­mem­ber, my dream was to com­pete at the high­est level as a Ma­jor League Base­ball Player,” Tulowitzki said, “to wear a big league uni­form and play hard for my team­mates and the fans. I will for­ever be grate­ful for ev­ery day that I’ve had to live out my dream. It has been an ab­so­lute honor.”

A five-time All-Star with the Colorado Rock­ies, Tulowitzki had been plagued by in­juries the past two sea­sons and did not play in 2018 due to heel is­sues. He was re­leased last win­ter by the Toronto Blue Jays.

As a Derek Jeter fan grow­ing up in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Tulowitzki wore No. 2 as a big-lea­guer in trib­ute to the Yan­kees short­stop.

“I will al­ways look back with tremen­dous gratitude for hav­ing the priv­i­lege of play­ing as long as I did,” Tulowitzki said. “There is no way to truly ex­press my gratitude to the fans of Colorado, Toronto and New York. They al­ways made my fam­ily and I feel so wel­come.”

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