Troy Tulowitzki announces retirement from baseball

New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is hanging up his cleats. The 34-year-old Tulowitzki announced his retirement from baseball Thursday saying, “It has been an absolute honor.”

Tulowitzki played in just five games with the Yankees this season. He injured his calf in early April and was unable to return. In his retirement statement, Tulowitzki expressed a desire to stay in the game.

That’s exactly what Tulowitzki will do. A few hours after announcing his retirement, Tulowitzki joined the Texas coaching staff as an assistant coach.

From 2007 to 2015, Tulowitzki starred as one of the best shortstops in the game with the Colorado Rockies. Over that period, he hit .298/.370/.513, with 192 home runs. He was a five-time All-Star, won two Gold Gloves and picked up two Silver Slugger awards during his 13-year career.

Injuries and ineffectiveness limited Tulowitzki the past couple seasons. He missed all of 2018 due to bone spurs in both heels. Tulowitzki mentioned injuries in his statement, saying he wished that his health “had allowed for a different ending” to his playing career.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 14: National League All-Star Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies bats during the Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field on July 14, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: National League All-Star Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: National League All-Star Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies slides safely into second base against the American League All-Stars during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: National League All-Star Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies warms up before the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 14: National League All-Star Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies bats during the Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field on July 14, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 07: Colorado Rockies Troy Tulowitzki (2) stands in the on deck circle against the San Diego Padres July 7, 2014 at Coors Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 06: Colorado Rockies Troy Tulowitzki (2) at bat during their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers July 6, 2014 at Coors Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 06: Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) talks with Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) after the game July 6, 2014 at Coors Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 3: Nolan Arenado #28 and Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies in action against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 3, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 3-2. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 4: Troy Tulowitzki watched from the dugout Friday night. He did not start the game. The Colorado Rockies hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field Friday night, July 4, 2014. Photo by Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images
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