Outfielder Hunter Pence has tweeted that he is retiring from Major League Baseball after fourteen seasons in league with four different teams. Pence played for the San Francisco for eight seasons, the Houston Astros for five seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies for two seasons, and the Texas Rangers for one season. But now, he hangs up his spikes and calls it a career.
He tweeted out the following video to make the announcement:
Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career when you have to say: I am retiring from baseball.
Forever thankful and Gr8ful. pic.twitter.com/XoYTsLkOlu
— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) September 26, 2020
Throughout his fourteen seasons in the big leagues, Pence was a four-time all-star and two-time World Series champion. A career .279/.334/.461 hitter, logging 1791 hits, 244 home runs, and 120 stolen bases over 1707 games played. One lengthy and incredible career for Pence has been a fan favorite with organizations he has played along the way.
He came into the big leagues with the Astros but spent the majority of his career with the Giants, returning to them in 2020 after a 2019 all-star season with the Rangers. In Texas, Pence played 83 games, hitting .297/.358/.552 with 18 home runs and 59 RBI on the 2019 season.
His final season in 2020 was not very kind to Pence, playing only 17 games in the 60-game sprint, hitting .096/.161/.250 with just two home runs and six RBI for the Giants. It may not be the ending that Pence was looking for, but it was a spectacular career nonetheless. He joins Alex Gordon as the early retirees from baseball in 2020.