Kendrys Morales Hangs it Up
Thirty-six year old Kendrys Morales is calling it a career after announcing his retirement on Friday. He’s played for seven teams over the years, so chances are he played for your team at one point. Whether he played on your team or not, you’ll probably still remember him, though not necessarily for his hitting or fielding… or even for his World Series win with Kansas City in 2015. He’s probably most famous for an injury – which I once wrote about when I was with Babes Love Baseball and back when he used to go by “Kendry”:
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Morales wraps his career after thirteen seasons, with a lifetime slash line of .265/.327/.453. He played with the Angels, Mariners, Twins, Royals, Toronto, the A’s and finally the Yankees, who ultimately released him in July of 2019. 2019 saw him hitting below .200 for the first time in his career, and for a DH or a first baseman… well that wasn’t going to keep him on a big league roster. Naturally, he claims his retirement is in order to spend more time with family, but his words in an interview with ESPN’s Marly Rivera are also very curious:
“I spent many years, since Cuba, playing baseball, and I gave up a lot of time I would have spent with my family. That is the one of the reasons I have decided to retire, to see if I can recover some of that lost time. Also, Major League Baseball has changed, and maybe veteran ballplayers such as myself are not valued, so this is the right time to make this decision. It is hard, but it is the right decision for both me and my family.”
I don’t know who or what made him feel that veteran ballplayers such as himself are not valued…. Perhaps what isn’t valued is a player who is no longer in his prime, who doesn’t hit the ball very well, and still expects to be worshiped. A valued veteran in the clubhouse would be one that has sage wisdom to impart on the younger guys or who still works really hard to be playing at that level, not one that expects to be on the roster (and valued) due to his past performance at the plate. Just because
you were the king shit in your first full season (2009) with 34 homers and 108 RBI you put up huge numbers in a few seasons, does not mean that you’re still going to be a valued member of a team if you’re acting like you are owed the respect that you are not actively trying to earn.
He should have left it at “It is hard but it is the right decision for both me and my family”. But now he’s leaving on a questionable/sour note.
Oh Kendry(s). Best of luck to you in your golden years.