Yesterday, a baseball legend retired. That man is Torii Hunter. Hunter played 19 years on 3 different teams. He started and ended his remarkable career with the Minnesota Twins (1997-2007, 2015), Los Angeles Angels (2008-2012), and the Detroit Tigers (2013-2014). Hunter will mostly be remember as a Twin, but shared good years with the Angels and Tigers. The 40 year old told LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star-Tribune that he is officially done with the amazing game of baseball.
In addition, Hunter was drafted in the 1993 MLB Draft (1st round, 20th overall). Hunter won 9 gold glove awards, 2 silver slugger awards, and was a 5 time All-Star. The Pine Bluff, Arkansas native hit 353 homers, drove in 1391 RBIs, tallied up 2,452 hits, stole 195 bases, OPS % of .793, Slugging % of .461, OBP % of .331 in 2,372 games with 9,692 plate appearances. Hunter finished with a batting average just under .280. He finished at .277. Is Hunter a future Hall of Famer? Not a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, but I think he will get in.
Hunter was a fun player to watch and was filled with energy. When my Rays were the Devil Rays I used to love watching Torii Hunter and the Twins come to town to watch the star outfielder. Hopefully in the future younger baseball fans can watch old film on him and see greatness. Hunter was a great player, but a great person off the field also. I met him when I was young and he was nice and genuine. Torii Hunter will be missed, but never forgotten.