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Yankees’ Jay Bruce to retire after Sunday’s game

The three-time All-Star is hanging up his cleats after a stellar 14-year career.

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Yankees outfielder/first baseman will retire after Sunday’s game against the Rays, as he announced in a post on the Twitter account of The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Sunday morning:

Bruce came up with the Reds in 2008, joining a wave of highly-regarded prospects including Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs, Johnny Cueto, and Homer Bailey that debuted in the late 2000s. He was a three-time All-Star in Cincinnati and helped the Reds reach the playoffs three times during his tenure. He was dealt to the Mets at the trade deadline in 2017 and ultimately had a pair of stints in Queens, also playing for the Indians, Mariners, and finally the Yankees along the way. While he didn’t have fantastic contact or on-base skills, he always had a penchant for the long ball and hit 20 or more homers in 10 different seasons.

Bruce joined the Yankees as a non-roster invitee this spring and made the team after Luke Voit went down with a meniscus tear. Bruce was the team’s Opening Day first baseman, but as he posted a .118/.231/.235 slash line through his first 31 plate appearances, manager Aaron Boone shifted toward a defensive alignment that included DJ LeMahieu at first base and newly-acquired Rougned Odor at second, with Bruce losing playing time as a result.

Bruce’s retirement won’t become official until after Sunday’s game, and while he’s not in the starting lineup for his final game as a major leaguer, it’s possible that he’ll get a pinch-hit opportunity and have one more chance to soak it all in.