Michael Cuddyer, 36, announced his retirement on Friday after spending this past season with the New York Mets.

“I’ve made the decision to retire. With one year left on my contract, it is especially difficult to imagine not suiting up in a Mets uniform for one more year,” Cuddyer said. “As an athlete, retiring is the toughest decision you have to make and I don’t make it lightly. I’ve always run out every hit like it was my last. As an untested high school kid drafted with a dream, I’ve never taken a single moment in the Majors for granted. It goes against every grain in my body to consider a future without the game. But after 15 years, the toll on my body has finally caught up to me.” (ESPN.com).

He was drafted ninth overall by the Minnesota Twins in 1997 out of Great Bridge High School (Chesapeake, VA). He made his debut in 2001.

He stayed with Twins through the end of the 2011 season until signing with the Colorado Rockies in 2012. He played three seasons in Colorado before signing with the Mets. He made his only World Series appearance this season. The Mets lost to the Kansas City Royals in five games.

In 15 seasons, Cuddyer hit .277 with 197 home runs and 794 RBIs. He was a two-time All-Star (2011, 2013) and was the National League batting champion in 2013 (.331 batting average). In 2009, he hit a career high of 32 home runs. In 2006, he batted in a career high of 109 runs.

Cuddyer was well-liked by players, media members and fans for his kindness and charity work. He was also well-liked for his magic tricks.

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LaVelle E. Neal III ‏@LaVelleNeal  Dec 11

According to a report, Michael Cuddyer is retiring. One of the best human beings I’ve covered.

 

Dawn Mitchell ‏@DawnAtFOX9  Dec 11

Congrats @mcuddy23 always tough decision to retire, but what a great career you created! I enjoyed covering your successes. #cheers!

 

Injuries started to catch up to Cuddyer. The most recent one being after the World Series when he underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury.

“Over the last four years, I was on the disabled list six times,” Cuddyer said. “I missed 150-200 games over that time span — a broken shoulder, a strained oblique, a torn-up knee, a bulging disc in my neck. I pushed through it. Mentally, I was able to overcome it for a long time, but the physical and emotional taxation took its toll. Part of being a professional is to know yourself and to know your limits.” (ESPN.com).

Maybe we will see Cuddyer back in baseball in some capacity some today, but for now he is just thinking about his family.

“As hard as it is to retire, I know my family deserves to have me home full-time now,” he said. “It is time for my kids to develop their own dreams with their dad by their side.” (ESPN.com).

 

Ali Siddiqui

Spark Sports Analyst

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