Utilityman Adam Rosales announced his retirement from baseball with a Twitter post. He wrote, “Special thanks to the eight different organizations who have all given me the opportunity of a lifetime! Today, I’m hanging up these beat-up cleats and opening a new exciting chapter in my life!” Rosales tagged the eight organizations for which he played: the Reds, Athletics, Rangers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Indians, and Twins.
Rosales will help coach for the Athletics’ rookie league team, the Athletics announced on Tuesday.
Rosales, 36, played all over the field, logging 1,000-plus innings at second base, third base, and shortstop. He also played over 580 innings at first base, and 58 in left field. He hit .226/.291/.365 across parts of 11 seasons. His best season came in 2016 with the Padres, when he posted career-highs in games played, triples, home runs, and walks.
Aside from his versatility, Rosales was best known for his very quick trots around the bases after hitting a home run.