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 on this list have played for much longer than the average. In this time they 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.
While Jake Peavy was a Cy Young winner in his career and Koji Uehara won a World Series, the most prominent MLB player to retire in 2019 was Ichiro Suzuki. One of the greatest hitters of all time, Ichiro Suzuki retired after playing a final professional series in Japan, leaving one last incredible moment in a career full of them.
Look to this list for a running record of baseball players retiring in 2019. Check back regularly to see if older players like Peter Moylan retire this year. Vote up the players who declared their retirement in 2019 and had the biggest impact on the game during their career.
Ichiro Suzuki (born October 22, 1973), often referred to mononymously as Ichiro, is a Japanese retired professional baseball outfielder who played 28 seasons combined in top-level professional leagues. He spent the bulk of his career with two teams: nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan, where he began his career, and 14 with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States. The first Japanese-born position player to be signed to the major leagues, Ichiro led the American League in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named AL Rookie of the Year and AL Most Valuable Player in 2001. ...more on Wikipedia
Position: Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder
Birthplace: Kasugai, Japan
Teams: Seattle Mariners
Troy Trevor Tulowitzki (born October 10, 1984), nicknamed "Tulo", is an American professional baseball shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays. ...more on Wikipedia
Nationality: United States of America
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California
Teams: New York Yankees
Jacob Edward Peavy (born May 31, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. He bats and throws right-handed. While with the Padres, he won the 2007 NL Cy Young Award after recording the Pitching Triple Crown that year. He was traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox in 2013 and helped them to a World Series title later that season. One year later, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants, where he also helped them win a World Series title later in the season. He became the first starting pitcher in Major League history to win two consecutive World ...more on Wikipedia
Position: Starting pitcher
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama
Teams: San Diego Padres
Koji Uehara (born April 3, 1975) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher. He previously played for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), as well as the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). A right-handed pitcher, Uehara has a solid MLB career strikeout rate, with 10.7 K/9 and walk rate of 1.5 BB/9 (through the 2017 season). Through the 2017 season, his career 7.33 K/BB is the best in MLB history for a player with at least 100 innings pitched. Uehara won the 2013 ALCS MVP Award, and closed the final game of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. With his World Series win, Uehara became ...more on Wikipedia
Position: Relief pitcher, Pitcher
Birthplace: Neyagawa, Japan