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.