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Troy Tulowitzki has retired

Troy Tulowitzki has announced his retirement

MLB: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees infielder Troy Tulowitzki has announced his retirement. His full statement can be read here.

Tulowitzki, 34, was the 7th overall pick in the 2005 draft by the Colorado Rockies out of Cal State-Long Beach. He debuted in 2006 and had his first full season in the majors in 2007, when he finished 2nd in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting and 18th in the National League MVP voting.

From 2007-14, Tulowitzki was consistently a 5-7 win player, except in 2008 and 2012, when he dealt with injuries and, in each season, had a bWAR below 1. In the middle of 2015 he was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays, along with LaTroy Hawkins, in exchange for Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco. Tulowitzki had a solid 2016 season, missed much of 2017 and all of 2018 due to injuries, and was released this past offseason.

Tulowitzki signed with the Yankees for the 2019 season, and was seen as a potential replacement, at least initially, for Didi Gregorius, who was slated to miss time due to recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, he appeared in only 5 games this year, as injuries continued to dog him.

With a 44.2 career bWAR, Tulowitzki is tied with Nomar Garciaparra, another elite shortstop whose career was cut short by injuries, for 33rd all time among shortstops.