Troy Tulowitzki: “For as long as I can remember, my dream was to compete at the highest level as a Major League Baseball Player. To wear a big league uniform and play hard for my teammates and the fans. I will forever be grateful for every day that I’ve had to live out my dream.It has been an absolute honor.I will always look back with tremendous gratitude for having the privilege of playing as long as I did. There is no way to truly express my gratitude to the fans of Colorado, Toronto and New York. They always made my family and I feel so welcome.”
Five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki unexpectedly announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Thursday, as the slugger known for his time starring on the Colorado Rockies called it quits after 13 career seasons.
Tulowitzki at one point was arguably the game’s best player, going to five All-Star games between 2010 and 2015, and earning three consecutive gold gloves and silver sluggers in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Tulo’s legacy, however, was marred by injuries, as he played over 140 games in a season just three times in his career, and was especially out of action during his prime years when he should have been winning MVP awards.
During his career he suffered from rampant health issues, including a broken wrist, chronic groin injury, broken ribs, torn labrum, cracked shoulder blade, a torn hamstring, damaged hip flexor, and a terrible calf injury with the Yankees that ultimately ended his career.
Tulo finishes his career with a .290/.361/.495 slashing line, 1,391 hits, and 225 home runs. Perhaps his greatest season was in 2014 when he hit .340 with 21 home runs, a .432 on base, and .603 slugging in only 91 games, before a serious hip injury ended what could have gone down as the greatest shortstop season in MLB history.