Date uploaded: 2018-12-21 23:19:04

Archive date: Sat, 25 Dec 2021 22:42:40 GMT

In June 2005, at age 17, I started my pro career in the Gulf Coast League with the Dodgers. After 14 seasons with a good amount of ups and downs, I have decided to retire. This game has been my life since I can remember and I’m so grateful to have been able to play this long. I want to thank all the organizations I was a part of for taking a chance on me and giving me the opportunity to chase this dream. I want to also thank all of the coaches who have helped me along the way. Most importantly, I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me throughout this crazy journey. Getting the call to the big leagues with the Orioles and being able to share that whole experience with everyone close to me in my hometown is something I’ll cherish forever. Being a part of the 2012 team that brought playoff baseball back to Baltimore after 14 years will always be special to me. I have been so lucky to meet and share this ride with some amazing people along the way. The baseball family is a close-knit group. You spend every day together for 8+ months with some of the best players in the world pursuing the same goal. I’ve had so many great teammates with wonderful families from all over the country who are now lifelong friends. It’s been a hell of a ride but I’m ready for the next chapter!