7-Year Veteran Catcher Announces Retirement, Joins Rockies Coaching Staff

Seven-year veteran catcher, Tony Wolters, recently announced his retirement from professional baseball.

Wolters' career spanned over seven seasons in the Major Leagues, with his most notable tenure being with the Colorado Rockies.

He made his MLB debut with the Rockies in 2016 and remained with the team until 2020, becoming one of the club’s primary catchers and playing a key role in their postseason appearances in 2017 and 2018.

One of his career highlights includes a critical hit in the 13th inning of the 2018 NL Wild Card Game, which helped the Rockies advance to the National League Division Series.

Although not known for his hitting prowess, Wolters was valued for his defensive skills, particularly in catching and throwing out base runners.

His career statistics include a .235 batting average, a .321 on-base percentage, and a 31% success rate in throwing out base runners.

After his stint with the Rockies, Wolters played for several teams including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Minnesota Twins, mostly on minor contracts.

His time with these teams was marked by brief appearances and minor league assignments.

Wolters' retirement announcement, made on Instagram on January 21, also included the news that he had accepted a coaching position with the Rockies.

This new role marks a return to the organization where he had his most significant impact as a player.

As he transitions into coaching, Wolters will be working as a bench coach for the Rockies' Arizona Complex League team at the Rookie level, indicating his commitment to nurturing new talent in the sport. Photo Credit:  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports