Torri Hunter, one of the most entertaining and likable players in baseball, retires after 17 years.

Hunter began his career at the tale end of the steroid era.  A time in baseball where players made the sport seem more like a video game rather than the timeless pastime we all grew up to love.

Torii was different.  His short uppercut stroke, sneaky speed, and highlight real defense reminded us of everything good about baseball. To top it off, his fun loving personality and clubhouse leadership ability made him an instant fan favorite on every team he played for.

The Numbers

Torii Hunter Career Averages: BA (.277) HR (24) TB (279) SB (13) OPS (.793) RBI (95)

The Teams

Minnesota Twins: The Beginning, the peak, and the end.  Torri Hunter will always be a Twin.  Although the AstroTurf at the Metrodome shortened many careers, Torri used it as more of a springboard  to monopolize Web Gems. Ironically, if it wasn’t for the Angels, he may have won a championship.

Los Angeles Angels: This may have been Torii’s favorite place to play, and he made it very clear that he would have stayed there by offering to take a pay cut.  The nightly packed big market crowds energized Torii to lead some very good Angels team, and mentor the best player in baseball, Mike Trout.

Detroit Tigers: Hunter’s last chance for a World Series title brought him just shy.  Here, Torii had an opportunity to play near his son (Torii Hunter Jr., A two sport athlete at Notre Dame), and to finish his career with class before returning to the Twins.

Torii, you will be sincerely missed.

Baseball-Reference.com was used in the creation of this post.

Minnesota Twins

Los Angeles Angels

Detroit Tigers

 

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