The five-time All-Star made the announcement on Thursday, stating that he was "grateful to live my dream." He is a career .290 hitter with 225 home runs, 780 RBIs, 762 runs scored, and 1,391 hits. The man nicknamed "Tulo" was also the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year, as well as a two-time Gold Glove Award winner at the shortstop position, which he hit 223 of his home runs from. That puts him sixth all-time among shortstops in MLB history, with his best season coming in 2011, when he hit .302 with 30 home runs and 102 RBIs for the Rockies.
Elsewhere, the Texas Rangers are hanging on for dear life to continue their surprise season and stay contenders in the American League. The Trade Deadline is coming up on Wednesday, with starting pitcher Mike Minor being their top name to go if they are sellers, and a blow to their offense hurt their situation this week. All-Star slugger Joey Gallo is expected to miss four weeks after undergoing surgery on his wrist. The news was announced on Thursday before the team began their road series against the Oakland Athletics.
Gallo left Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners with the injury, as this will be the second time this season that he will miss a period of time due to injury. He also sat out in June with an oblique injury, but the 25-year-old still found a way to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland earlier this month. He was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, but could miss more than the expected four weeks. It will also depend on where his team sits in the playoff standings, as they have fallen to 6.5 games back in the American League Wild Card race. Gallo has continued to hit long home runs this season, 25 of them to be exact. along with 49 RBIs, all while fighting to stay healthy.