It’s always interesting to see an athlete who was able to break into the big leagues of any sport, then walk away after playing just a year or two of professional ball.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s their lives and they can do whatever they want, it’s just things like this are always interesting to hear about.
Former Chicago Cub infielder Adrian Cardenas happens to be one of these players. Cardenas was with the Chicago Cubs back in 2012 where he played in 45 games and picked up only 11 hits. He wasn’t much of an offensive threat, but he provided the Cubs with some solid defense.
Cardenas fielded 1.000 both at second base and left field, then .500 when he played third base. He hit just .183/.269/.283 across the line, driving in two runs, walking seven times and striking out 13.
I actually asked a couple people what happened to Cardenas as I thought he would be Darwin’s back up at second. But I guess I finally got my answer as I stumbled across the article he wrote for The New Yorker.
The article is titled, ‘Why I Quit Major League Baseball‘.
He gives some insight on his personal life, his short lived playing career and of course the reason why he quit professional baseball. I believe it’s his first article and I’m sure it won’t be his last.
I’m glad he finally spoke up and let everybody know where he was and what he was doing!
Best of luck to Adrian Cardenas.