Torii Hunter retires from Major League Baseball

toriihunterTorii Hunter is one of the classiest, hard-playing outfielders to play the game of baseball, and he has retired from the Major League Baseball.

Hunter, 40, played 19 seasons and spent 12 seasons with the Minnesota Twins.  Hunter also played five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and two seasons with the Detroit Tigers.  Hunter is a five-time All-Star.  He was a career .277 hitter with 353 home runs and 1,391 RBI’s.  Hunter was also a successful base stealer.  He swiped 195 of 294 bases off of opposing pitchers.

Hunter’s beaming smile from ear-to-ear will certainly be memorable.  His leadership in the locker room has brought out the best in teammates and coaches.  Hunter even brought out the best in his opponents.

Hunter’s defense and his willingness to go all-out to catch a baseball is what may be remembered most by baseball fans.  For instance, Hunter robbed Barry Bonds of a home run (see below) in the 2002 All-Star game.  He also flipped over the bullpen wall in Boston during the ALCS to try and rob a home run (see below).  Hunter’s passion for the game of baseball is unquestionable.  If he wants to, there will likely be a coaching or manager spot available to him in the near future.


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