Minnesota Twins OF Torii Hunter will retire
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Minnesota Twins OF Torii Hunter will retire
Tuesday October 27th, 2015

Twins outfielder Torii Hunter has retired after 19 seasons in the majors, he told La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“I’m sad because it’s all I’ve known for half of my life,” Hunter said. “This great game of baseball has done so much for me. I have learned a lot of lessons. They say baseball is life and life is baseball, and I used baseball and applied it to my life.”

Hunter, 40, made his major-league debut with the Twins in 1997, playing one inning as a defensive replacement. He had another brief MLB cameo in 1998 before becoming an everyday player in 1999. In 2007, he signed as a free agent with the Angels, where he played five seasons. He spent 2013 and 2014 with the Tigers before returning to Minnesota this season.

Hunter posted a message on Instagram after the announcement.

Hunter won nine straight Gold Gloves as a centerfielder from 2001 to 2009 and was a five-time All-Star. He batted .240 with a .409 slugging percentage this season, his lowest since his rookie year. 

- Dan Gartland

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