Longtime Texas Ranger & 11-Year Veteran Catcher Announces Retirement

After 11 years in the MLB, Robinson Chirinos has announced his retirement.

The 38-year-old catcher had a solid career, primarily playing for the Texas Rangers, but also spending time with the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Houston Astros.

Chirinos didn't make his MLB debut until he was 27 and battled significant injury setbacks during his career, but he still managed to play in 714 games and hit 95 home runs.

Chirinos had a particularly impressive run from ages 33 to 35, posting an .866 OPS in 88 games for Texas in 2017 and serving as the Astros' primary catcher during their postseason run in 2019.

He hit 17 home runs in the regular season that year, and two in the World Series. However, his performance declined during his last season with the Orioles, where he batted .179 with four home runs in 220 plate appearances.

Across his 11-year career, the 38-year-old holds a .226/.319/.419 triple-slash line, with 95 home runs, 306 RBIs, and 275 runs scored over 714 games played.

He spent seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and one season each with the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and the Houston Astros.

Despite not signing with a major league team this spring and not participating in the 2021 season, Chirinos had a successful career and represented Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

His retirement marks the end of a long and accomplished career in professional baseball. Photo Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports