12-Year Veteran Announces Retirement

“As a kid I remember watching SportsCenter highlights and imitating my favorite MLB players. It is still surreal to me that I played Major League Baseball. As I officially retire from the game that changed my life, I want to thank everyone who has played a role in getting me here.”

And with that social media post, 12-year MLB veteran outfielder Jon Jay has sent out his retirement announcement. The 37-year-old contact hitter spent time with 7 different teams over the course of his career, but will be remembered best as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

He started his career with the Cards, and spent six years there. He hit .287 and stole 43 bases in his time in St. Lou, and was a part of the 2011 World Series championship team. He hit over .300 in three of his first five seasons there, before being derailed by wrist surgery in 2015.

He finishes his big league career with a more-than-respectable .283 average, 532 runs scored and 55 stolen bases. 

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