At spring training with the New York Yankees as a guest instructor, Nick Swisher said he has retired as a player.
Swisher issued a statement Friday on The Players’ Tribune.
Slowed by knee injuries the past few years, Swisher appeared in 76 games with Atlanta and Cleveland in 2014. The 36-year-old played in 55 games last season for the Yankees’ Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team and then ended his season in July when his second child was born.
Swisher said, “Your body tells you when it’s time to call it quits. And this offseason, my body was screaming, ‘The dream is over, baby!'”
Selected by Oakland with the 16th overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft, Swisher hit .249 with 245 homers and 803 RBIs in 12 major leagues seasons with the Athletics (2004-07), White Sox (2008), Yankees (2009-12), Indians (2013-15) and Braves (2005).
He won the World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and was an All-Star the following year.
Swisher, 36, will join Fox Sports as a studio analyst for the 2017 season.
“For me, it’s just being prepared to play every day, wherever that is,” said Gennett, who had career highs in home runs (14) and RBIs (56) in 2016. He was also fourth on the team in strikeouts with 114, nearly doubling his previous career high of 68 in 2015.
“It’s fun for me. I’m not the best athlete in the world, but I’m pretty coordinated. I can catch a fly ball, field a ground ball. It’s all fun,” Gennett said. “It will be nice to have some other stuff to work on too. It can get boring doing the same thing over and over again.”