Former All-Star Infielder Retires

He has a Gold Glove, an All-Star appearance, and most notably a World Series ring. Now, after eight seasons in the big leagues, infielder Joe Panik is calling it a day. Retiring to spend more time with his family. 

His former coach, Tim Flannery, offered kind words for Panik, calling him a gentleman, an overachiever, and a warrior.  

As MLB Insider Jon Heyman notes, Panik is "one of baseball's nicest guys."

As a rookie, in 2014, he was able to be a contributor to a World Series winning San Francisco Giants team, then followed that up with an All-Star berth in 2015 and a Gold Glove at 2B in 2016. 

He'll be remembered in San Francisco as a fan favorite, and for starting a memorable double-play in the World Series.

He finished his career with the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins, and with a .264 average, a .700 OPS, and obviously, more friends from the game of baseball than one can count. Congratulations are flowing in from all around. 

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