Torii Hunter has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. There was a good chance this was going to happen, but Hunter was undecided at season’s end.
Hunter finished his career with the Minnesota Twins which is where he began when they made him first round draft pick in 1993. Hunter would have cups of coffee with the Twins in 1997 and 1998 before sticking with the big club in 1999. Hunter would remain with the Twins through the 2007 season when he signed a five year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He would spend two seasons with the Detroit Tigers before returning to the Twins last season.
Hunter finished his career with 2,452 hits, a .277 batting average with 353 home runs and 1,391 RBI. He was named to five AL All-Star teams and won 9 consecutive Gold Gloves for his play in centerfield between 2001 and 2009. Hunter was a popular player with fans and teammates alike wherever he played. However, he would never get to play in a World Series. I don’t think he gets into Cooperstown, but the Twins will certainly retire his number.
Here is Hunter robbing Barry Bonds of a homerun in the 2002 MLB All-Star Game.