“You’re a Class Act”: 26-Year-Old MLB Star Shocks Avid Fans by Announcing His Retirement After Just 3 Seasons

Published 03/14/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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Playing in MLB is a dream that every budding baseball player aims for. But it is not easy to reach this level with many baseball players facing disappointment. There are the highest of highs and terrifying lows, baseball is not an easy career path. Some hope to achieve greatness while others are happy to get a sniff of MLB action. One Miami Marlins franchise record holder recently announced his retirement following an up-and-down career. 

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Making it to MLB as a pitcher is a difficult task, holding a franchise record is another level. MLB pitcher Jordan Yamamoto recently announced his retirement, having achieved his dream of playing at the highest level.

Miami Marlins franchise record-holding pitcher Jordan Yamamoto announces his retirement

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In a recent Twitter announcement, MLB pitcher Jordan Yamamoto retired from baseball. He achieved his dream of playing at the highest level, suiting up for the Miami Marlins and New York Mets across 3 seasons. At 26 years old, he has decided to move on from his playing career and take his next step. He pitched 14 straight scoreless innings to begin his career, a Marlins franchise record.

In a Twitter Post, Yamamoto said, “I have decided to walk away from the game I love. It’s definitely bittersweet. As I sit on my flight back home, there are so many emotions I’m feeling but none is regret. This has been an amazing journey and nothing short of unbelievable. A little kid from Hawaii with a dream. A dream to play in the MLB. If you would have told me at 10 years old that I would go on to be a big league pitcher and hold a franchise record. I would have never believed you. It is crazy and only right that I end my career the same way it started. On a back field game in Arizona. It’s poetry if you ask me.” He proceeds to thank his agents, family, teammates, and all the people who have been with him on this journey.

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Fans have reacted to the news and shown their support for the pitcher. There were only positive messages for Yamamoto.

Some fans congratulated him on his career and wished him well.

Others thanked him for his contributions to their teams. 

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Marlins fans will be sad as their former pitcher retires. Earlier in the off-season, Marlins fans were frustrated by a trade, but will now feel sadness. Getting back to Yamamoto, it will be interesting to see his next move.

Yamamoto achieved his dream

When Jordan Yamamoto’s MLB career began with 14 consecutive scoreless innings for the Miami Marlins, he looked like a bright prospect. Injuries and poor form derailed his career, ending it before it really took off. But the 26-year-old pitcher has no regrets and is grateful for having played at baseball’s highest level. 

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It will be interesting to see what his next step will be, whether coaching, broadcasting, or a completely different path. What do you think of Jordan Yamamoto retiring? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.
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