8-Year Veteran Announces Retirement

He spent eight years in the big leagues, fulfilling a childhood dream. But now at the age of 33, still feeling the effects of a knee injury that irreparably damaged his career, outfielder Steven Souza Jr. has called it quits. He made the announcement himself on social media.

Souza's best year was 2017 with the Tampa Bay Rays, when he blasted 30 home runs, to go along with 78 RBIs and 16 stolen bases, a .239 average and an .810 OPS.

He damaged multiple knee ligaments in a spring training injury in 2019, and had season-ending surgery. He was never the same after that unfortunate turn of events. 

"Time to call it a career," wrote Souza on Twitter. "It's been an incredible journey that I dreamed as a kid that I would be able to go on... I want to share my experiences and my love for the greatest game in the world with those who strive to be what I did. Here's to the next chapter."

Souza retires with a career 72 HR, 207 RBIs, 42 SBs and a .729 OPS. 

All the best to him in his new travels.

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