Just because an MLB player retires does not mean his legacy won’t live on. The average career length for MLB players is 5.6 years, based on a recent study. Many of the players who will appear on this list will have played for much longer than the average. In this time they will have played through countless injuries and made the most out of their careers. Look to the retired numbers on each team to get an idea of the most memorable players to walk onto the diamond.
The first Major League Baseball player to announce his retirement in 2020 was Curtis Granderson, an All-Star who was famous in the league for his kindness, generosity, and charity work. Granderson was a four-time winner of baseball's Man of the Year award and won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award for sportsmanship.
Look to this list for a running record of baseball players retiring in 2020. Check back regularly to see if other older players retire this year. Vote up the players who declared their retirement in 2020 and had the biggest impact on the game during their career.
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Announced retirement: January 31, 2020
3x All-Star selection (2009, 2011, 2012)
2011 Silver Slugger winner
2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner
4x Marvin Miller Man of the Year (2009, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Was he great?
- Position: Center fielder
- Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois
- Teams: Detroit Tigers