Jay Bruce announced his retirement this morning. The Cincinnati Reds 1st round pick in 2005, Bruce spent parts of 14 seasons in Major League Baseball and the first nine of those seasons came with the Reds. He retires with a .244/.314/.467 line (108 OPS+), 312 doubles, 32 triples, and 319 home runs. One of those home runs is one of the most memorable homers in Reds history.

Named to the All-Star team in 2011, 2012, and 2016, Jay Bruce also brought home the Silver Slugger Award in both 2012 and 2013. He was traded to the New York Mets in the second half of 2016, and then played out his career with the both teams in New York, Cleveland, Seattle, and Philadelphia.

Here’s the announcement from Jay Bruce:

After 14 incredible seasons, I’ve decided to make the very difficult decision to retire from baseball. All I ever wanted to be “when I grew up” was a baseball player, and to say that I got to live out my dream would be the understatement of a lifetime. This sport gave me more than I could’ve ever asked for.

What I’ll cherish the most are the people. The relationships I’ve formed throughout the years go far beyond the clubhouse. Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, trainers, clubhouse staffs, fans and countless others who were involved in helping make me into the player and man I am today. To the Cincinnati Reds, thank you for believing in an 18-year-old from Beaumont, TX. You allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream, and for that I’m forever thankful. I’d also like to thank the franchises who let me be a part of their families, The New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, and last, but certainly not least, the New York Yankees.

Every stop I made throughout these 14 seasons were special, and my family and I are so appreciative of all the help and hospitality along the way. I’ve always loved baseball and will be a fan for life.

Thank you



24 Responses

  1. Frankie Tomatoes

    I was at his debut with my brother and it was one of the best times we ever had at a baseball game.

    Add in Clinchmas and Jay Bruce is responsible for two of the best memories in the last 20 years of Reds history for this old round red tomato. Thanks Jay!

  2. Bred

    He had a good run, and with about $103,000,000 in his pocket and many memorable moments he should be able to kickback and enjoy life. Good for him.

  3. Doug Gray

    I wish nothing but the best for Jay Bruce. Heck of a career. Tons of awesome memories.

  4. Bred

    I’m sitting here in Texas waiting to read today’s game day article because I sure don’t get the lineup that was posted. No, Senzel, no India, and no Moose. I’m especially confused about Senzel. What have I missed about him?

    • Doug Gray

      Moustakas is still dealing with some lingering effects of whatever he’s dealing with (non-COVID illness). With Shane Bieber on the mound, I’m just guessing getting an extra set of lefties in the lineup (Naquin and Schrock) is just a “well, let’s hope for the best because this guy is stupid good”. But I’m just talking out loud with the latter two guys.

  5. CFD3000

    A tip of the Reds cap to Jay Bruce. A fine player, a good man, and a wonderful part of the long history of the franchise. You’re a class act Mr. Bruce. Thanks for the memories.

  6. Mark Moore

    +1,000,000 for Jay Bruce. He’ll always have a place in the hearts of Reds fans. We wish him well as he enters the next phase of his life.

    I can even forgive him for thanking the NYY ballclub 🙂

  7. Redsfan4life

    Happy retirement Jay. He was a good player and by all accounts a better person.

  8. JB

    I’ll never forget years ago on my way home from work and the ESPN radio announcer was asking what we all were looking forward to that night in baseball. I called the number and got on and I said I was looking forward to watching the debut of Jay Bruce that night. Then the young man proceeded to talk about Jay for about 5 minutes and what it would mean to the Reds organization. What a ride Mr. Bruce. That night and your career.

  9. Jim MCC

    I’m old!
    Seems like yesterday that Joe Morgan hit a homer a All-Star game and he is gone.
    Seems like only days ago that Jay was in the minors.
    Thx for the memories Mr Bruce!

    • Kevin Patrick

      This was my reaction too…except remembering Morgan all star homers really pushes the capabilities of my childhood. I will always think of Jay Bruce as an extremely promising young man. As fantastic as Bruce was as a Red, I can’t help but look at the endurance and longevity of #19 with even greater appreciation. In a Cincinnati kind of way, its like watching Scottie Pippen retire.

  10. ClevelandRedsFan

    Bruce was a great player and a great Red. I’ll never forget his walk-off homer. That’s one of the best Reds memories I’ve ever had. That and Ramon Hernandez’ walk-off homer on opening day against the Brewers in 2011.

    Bruce’s legacy as a Red will always be diminished by the Brennamans. For some reason that duo just never gave Bruce the respect he deserved. I fear that swayed the minds’ of a lot of Reds fans.

    • JB

      Honest question here ClevelandRedsFan, did Thom ever like anybody on the Reds? He seemed to never get behind anybody for a long period of time.

      • JB

        My lord he loved Schwarber. Kyle must be in Thoms bloodlines somewhere.

      • RojoBenjy

        This just came to me!

        What is the biggest change this season for the Reds?

        Completely Brennaman-less

        Coincidence? I think NOT!


      • ClevelandRedsFan

        I think he was somewhat supportive of Votto’s 2010 season. Lukewarm at best.

  11. Matt O'Neal

    Congrats to Jay on his career. One of my favorite Reds all time. Cemented in the memories of this generation of Reds fans. The definition of a hot streak / cold streak player. Luckily for the early 10s Reds, his hots outlasted his colds.
    I don’t have any numbers on hand to back it up, but it always felt like he hit more warning track flyouts than anybody, and was one of the first players to get beat by the shift on a regular basis.

  12. MBS

    Bruuuuce! One of my favorites! Good luck Jay

  13. Ponyboy

    Great memory. I used to be in a band for many years with my brother in the tristate area, and one of the last gigs we played out was up in Mt. Adams in the summer of 2011. I was literally carrying my bass drum to load up in the van after the show when Jay Bruce walked out right in front of me hailing a cab! I had 2 new ? in the trunk, so I asked him if he’d sign them for us. He was really cool about it. Held the cab up in the middle of the street even to take the time. Class act.

  14. hokiebo

    I was lucky enough to be at his 3 homer game in August of 2010 against the Cubs. It was probably the most fun I had at a game, everyone yelling for “Bruuuuuce” and chanting “MVP” when Votto came up to bat. It was one of the few times the Cub fans were quiet

  15. Scott C

    Jay Bruce. One of my favorite Reds players. Seemed to be a truly humble guy. Congrats on a great career. We barely knew you.