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MLB Players Who Retired In 2021

Updated August 24, 2021 691 votes 71 voters 1.3k views26 items

List RulesVote up the retired MLB players based on their overall careers.

All the MLB players who retire in 2021 will leave a lasting legacy that lives on. Whether they're finishing their careers as top baseball stars or calling it quits after a few up-and-down seasons, all these great MLB players retiring in 2021 have given the game their all. Look to this list regularly to see the best baseball players who retired in 2021, either because it was their time or because injuries cut a promising career short.

The first big name MLB star to choose retirement in 2021 was former Boston Red Sox second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, who played for the Olde Towne Team his entire fourteen-year career, winning two World Series championships (2007, 2013), while garnering All Star recognition four times, one Rookie of the Year award (2007), and one AL MVP (2008). 

Take a look at the recently retired baseball players list below and vote up the MLB stars you'll miss most, or those you think contributed the most to the game. Then check out all the athletes who've retired in 2021 so far.

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  • Photo: genewang0123 / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    Announced retirement on February 1, 2021

    Career Achievements:
    4× All-Star (2008–2010, 2013)
    2× World Series champion (2007, 2013)[a]
    AL MVP (2008)
    AL Rookie of the Year (2007)
    4× Gold Glove Award (2008, 2011, 2013, 2014)
    Silver Slugger Award (2008)
    Home runs: 140
    Runs batted in: 725

    • Position: Second baseman
    • Birthplace: Woodland, California
    • Teams: Boston Red Sox (2006–2019)
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    Announced retirement on January 29, 2021

    Career Achievements:
    3× All-Star (2014, 2016, 2017)
    NLCS MVP (2015)
    2× Silver Slugger Award (2016, 2017)
    Home runs: 138
    Runs batted in: 735

    • Position: Second baseman
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida
    • Teams: New York Mets (2008–2009, 2011–2015), Washington Nationals (2016–2018), Chicago Cubs (2018), Colorado Rockies (2019–2020)
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  • Announced retirement on April 18, 2021

    Career Achievements:
    3× All-Star (2011, 2012, 2016)
    2× Silver Slugger Award (2012, 2013)
    319 Career Home Runs

    • Position: Right fielder
    • Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas
    • Teams: Cincinnati Reds (2008–2016), New York Mets (2016–2017), Cleveland Indians (2017), New York Mets (2018), Seattle Mariners (2019)
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  • Announced retirement on March 25, 2021

    Career Achievements:
    2× All-Star (2011, 2012)
    NL wins leader (2012)
    Win/Loss: 131–101
    Earned run average: 3.70
    Strikeouts: 1,860

    • Position: Pitcher
    • Birthplace: Hialeah, Florida
    • Teams: Oakland Athletics (2008–2011), Washington Nationals (2012–2018), Milwaukee Brewers (2018–2019), Chicago White Sox (2020)
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