Yankees’ Jay Bruce announces retirement from baseball

Jay Bruce smiling on field at Yankees spring training in warmup gear close crop

Jay Bruce smiling on field at Yankees spring training in warmup equipment close crop

After 14 seasons in MLB, Yankees 1B/OF Jay Bruce is hanging up the cleats.

Bruce launched a declaration on Sunday, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, to reveal his “very difficult decision.”

“After 14 incredible seasons, I’ve decided to make the very difficult decision to retire from baseball,” Bruce composed. “All I ever wanted to be “when I matured” was a baseball player, and to say that I got to live out my dream would be the understatement of a lifetime. This sport gave me more than I could’ve ever asked for.”

Bruce, who has actually been having a hard time to begin this season, took some time to address media concerns Sunday where he stated he understood it was the best call when he could not carry out the method he desired.

“The reason I ultimately decide to choose this was because over 13 years of playing every single day, I set a standard of what I expected out of myself from a performance standpoint, or at least feeling like I’m able to perform at that level,” he explained. “I know there’s ups and downs and ebbs and flows throughout a season and throughout a career. But ultimately, I just felt like I couldn’t perform at the level that I expected out of myself. For me to do what I needed to do, it just wasn’t in the cards.”

Manager Aaron Boone got the text from Bruce Friday that he wanted to meet, and honestly didn’t know what it would be about.

“I mean, he texted me early in the day Friday, ‘Can we meet?’ In my office, so maybe at that point I was picturing a lot of different scenarios, so I guess I wasn’t totally caught off guard by it,” Boone said. “Really good conversation that I was able to have with them and reflect, looking forward and looking ahead. In the end, just congratulating him on what’s been a really good run.”

Bruce made the Yankees’ lineup out of spring training after making the very first base function with Luke Voit out. However just recently, it appeared like the Yanks were phasing Bruce out of the position due to the absence of success at the plate and DJ LeMahieu taking control of with the arrival of Rougned Smell to play 2nd base.

Bruce went on to state that he values individuals and relationships he’s constructed the most throughout his profession. Everything started as a kid from Beaumont, TX that the Cincinnati Reds thought in out of high school, preparing Bruce 12th total in the 2005 MLB Draft. He went on to make his Big league launching in 2008, striking .254/.314/.453 with 21 homers and 52 RBI.

After 9 years in Cincy, Bruce started to bounce around the league, beginning with his 2016 trade to the Mets. New york city would trade him to the Cleveland Indians the list below year, however he’d go back to the Mets in 2018. Then, he started the 2019 project with the Seattle Mariners prior to going to the Philadelphia Phillies that season also. After a 2020 project in Philly, Bruce was picked up by the Yanks this year.

Mar 6, 2021; Bradenton, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Jay Bruce (30) hits a home run in the top of the first inning during spring training at LECOM Park.

Mar 6, 2021; Bradenton, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Jay Bruce (30) hits a home run in the top of the first inning during spring training at LECOM Park.

“Every stop I made throughout those 14 seasons were special, and my family and I are so appreciative of all the help and hospitality along the way. I’ve always loved baseball and will be a fan for life,” Bruce said.

Bruce will play one final game with the Yankees on Sunday prior to strolling off into the sundown.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.