Yankees first baseman Jay Bruce has introduced he’s retiring from baseball (via Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic). At this time’s recreation towards the Rays would be the last outing of Bruce’s 14-year MLB profession.
“After 14 unimaginable seasons, I’ve determined to make the very tough choice to retire from baseball. All I ever wished to be ’once I grew up’ was a baseball participant, and to say that I acquired to stay out my dream can be the understatement of a lifetime. This sport gave me greater than I may’ve ever requested for,” Bruce wrote as a part of his announcement (the complete assertion is out there on the above hyperlink).
A primary-round choose of the Reds in 2005, Bruce would shortly turn out to be one of many sport’s most promising younger abilities. He was a prime 100 prospect in every of his first three years in professional ball, finally changing into Baseball America’s #1 farmhand coming into the 2008 season. Bruce made his main league debut in Might of that yr and hit an honest .254/.314/.453, incomes a fifth-place end in Nationwide League Rookie of the 12 months balloting.
Two years later, Bruce settled in because the middle-of-the-order bat many evaluators anticipated he’d turn out to be. Between 2010-13, the left-handed slugger hit a really productive .262/.337/.489 (119 wRC+), incomes back-to-back All-Star alternatives in 2011-12 and a pair of Silver Slugger awards and down-ballot MVP help in 2012-13. Bruce fell off a bit in 2014-15, however he rebounded offensively in 2016 and earned his third and last All-Star choice.
The majority of Bruce’s profession was spent with the Reds, however he continued to supply for a number of years after leaving Cincinnati. He hit a career-high 36 dwelling runs throughout a 2017 season cut up between the Mets and Indians and popped 26 homers as not too long ago as 2019. He was an above-average hitter throughout his time with the Mets, in addition to in his transient stints in Cleveland and Seattle.
Sadly, Bruce’s manufacturing has fallen off as he’s entered his 30’s, with growing struggles to succeed in base at a satisfactory clip. He didn’t carry out properly with the Phillies final yr and needed to accept a minor-league take care of the Yankees over the offseason. A Spring Coaching damage to Luke Voit opened up a possibility for Bruce to start the yr as New York’s first baseman, however he’s stumbled to a .118/.231/.235 line in 39 plate appearances as a Yankee.
Struggles in his last couple seasons however, Bruce had a really robust profession. Not together with any stats he could accrue on this afternoon’s recreation, the Texas native concludes with a .244/.314/.467 slash line throughout 6642 MLB plate appearances, making him six proportion factors higher than the league common hitter by measure of weighted runs created plus.
Bruce had 5 separate seasons wherein he was no less than fifteen factors above common on the plate. The well-respected veteran had 1455 hits, together with 319 dwelling runs, scored 839 instances and drove in 951 runs. Altogether, Bruce was price round 20 wins above alternative and accrued simply shy of $103MM in profession earnings, per Baseball Reference. MLBTR congratulates Bruce on a nice profession and desires him the perfect of luck in his future endeavors.