Another career-long Colorado Rockies player is retiring.
After just seven years in Major League Baseball, Ryan Spillborghs is calling it a career. Troy Renck of the Denver Post has tweeted out a blog posting from Spillborghs detailing his thoughts on his career and retirement.
I’ve spent this entire offseason contemplating sacrifices and opportunity, weighing my individual desires and that of my family. What I’ve eventually landed on, and let me say it wasn’t an individual effort, was an agreement with my mind and my heart, that I am going to move on from playing baseball…I know I am still a better player than most. There is no doubt I can compete at any level and be successful. But there’s no guarantee I get that opportunity. So what could lure me away from something I know? It wasn’t just the prospect of being a pre and post game analyst. It was also the hope that one day I can sit in the booth and help call a game, not to mention, I would be home every night with my family!
Ryan Spillborghs played 619 games in the Colorado Rockies Major League System. He had signed as a free agent with Cleveland following the 2011 season and was purchased from the Indians by the Rangers in 2012. He finishes his career with a .272/.345/.423 slash line, 42 home runs, 218 RBI, and 424 hits. He spent all of his defensive time at any one of the three outfield positions. He will join the ROOT network this season for Colorado.