12-Year Veteran & Gold Glover Announces Retirement

A longtime outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels and a recipient of a Gold Glove award, Kole Calhoun, has announced his retirement from professional baseball after a notable 12-season career.

Throughout his tenure in the MLB, Calhoun played for several teams, including the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Cleveland Guardians, primarily spending the 2023 season in the minor leagues with the Yankees and Dodgers before joining the Guardians.

Despite facing challenges like injuries and transitioning between teams, Calhoun's career was marked by up-and-down performances, with his best season coming in 2019 with the Angels, where he hit a career-high 33 home runs along with 74 RBIs, before moving to play for his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks​​.

Calhoun's journey to the MLB spotlight began after a standout college career at Yavapai College and Arizona State University. His professional journey commenced when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

Despite the hurdles of injuries and varying performance levels, Calhoun's resilience and skill on the field, especially his powerful arm and ability to play in right field, have been widely recognized.

His announcement to retire came through a heartfelt message on Instagram, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of playing baseball professionally and acknowledging the emotional weight of concluding his career​.

Over his 12-year MLB career, the 36-year-old holds a .242/.315/.417 triple slash line, with 179 home runs, 582 RBIs, 34 stolen bases, and 636 runs scored across 1,239 games played. Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports