Melky Cabrera announces his retirement

Two years after playing his last game in MLB, Melky Cabrera announced via his Instagram account that he was officially retiring.

Having made his debut with the New York Yankees in 2005, the native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic has spent a total of 15 seasons in MLB.

Now 37, the former center fielder has played for eight different teams. He spent two years or less with six of those clubs: Braves, Royals, Giants, Blue Jays, Indians and Pirates. It was with the Yankees (five seasons) and the White Sox (two and a half years) that he stayed the longest.

Finishing his career with a fine batting average of .285, Cabrera also had 144 home runs, 854 RBIs and 101 stolen bases. With 1,962 completions, he also came close to 2,000 hits.

World Series champion with New York in 2009, he had his best campaign three years later. The 27-year-old precision hitter finished the year with a .346 offensive output, earning All-Star Game MVP honors in his only lifetime appearance.

The one we call Melk Man played his final season in Pittsburgh in 2019. The following year, he spent a month under contract with the New York Mets, never stepping onto the court.

Melky Cabrera now lives in Tampa Bay, where he is involved in charities related to his country of origin.

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