13-Year Veteran Outfielder To Officially Retire As A Royal This Year

Former outfielder Lorenzo Cain has announced his retirement from baseball, according to reports by The Athletic's Andy McCullough.

Cain had previously played for the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers during his 13-year career, winning a World Series title with the Royals in 2015. He was an MVP finalist that year, also earning the ALCS MVP honors.

Cain's decision to retire reportedly came after consulting with his family, who expressed their desire to have him return home. He will be honored with an official retirement ceremony at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City later this season, although a specific date has yet to be confirmed.

Cain will be remembered as one of the most talented and well-regarded outfielders of his generation, having accumulated 1,220 career hits, 190 stolen bases, and 87 home runs over his 1,172-game career.

His impressive defensive skills also saw him accrue the fourth-most defensive runs saved by an outfielder during his time in the majors.

Kansas City Royals general manager JJ Picollo praised Cain's contributions to the team, stating that "he's going to be a Royal Hall of Famer" and highlighting his ability to rise to the occasion as a player.

Cain had the opportunity to continue playing last year after being released by the Brewers, but ultimately chose to retire to spend more time with his family. Photo Credit:  Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports