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Three-time All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson announced his retirement Friday after 16 seasons in the major leagues.
Granderson played for seven teams, including the Dodgers for part of the 2017 season. He was an All-Star for the Detroit Tigers in 2009 and for the New York Yankees in 2011 and 2012.
In 2011, he led the majors with 136 runs and led the American League with 119 RBIs while hitting 41 homers. In 2007 with Detroit, he became only the third player to collect at least 30 doubles, 20 triples, 20 homers and 20 steals in a season.
The Dodgers acquired Granderson in August 2017 to bolster the lineup for a playoff run. But the veteran player was unproductive at the plate, so much so that the Dodgers ended up leaving him off their World Series roster. He signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent during the following offseason.
Last year, Granderson batted .183 in 138 games for the Miami Marlins. Over his career, he also played for the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets, totaling 344 homers and 937 RBIs while batting .249.
Granderson, who has a children’s foundation and has long been active in community work, said he’ll continue to bring baseball to in-need youngsters.
“As I reflect on my career, I realize that not much has changed since those early days in little league,” Granderson said in a statement. “My parents and family are still my greatest fans, and they impart the same message today that they did back then: Give back, never forget to enjoy the ride, and don’t think; have fun.”