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Jason Kipnis Bids Farewell To Baseball

Jason Kipnis #27 of the Chicago Cubs hits a one run double off pitcher James Karinchak #99 of the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on August 12, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs defeated the Indians 7-2.
(Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)


On Monday, 10-year MLB veteran Jason Kipnis made an announcement.

The 35-year-old officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.

The veteran slugger and second baseman played the vast majority of his career with the Cleveland Guardians, known as the Indians during his tenure.

He finished his career in 2020 with the Chicago Cubs.

A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Kipnis was selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 2009 draft.

He made his debut in 2011 and was with the Indians through the 2019 season.

He helped guide the club to the postseason four times during his career, including a run to the World Series in 2016.

On Twitter, Kipnis released a statement announcing his retirement, thanking everybody who helped him along the way.

Kipnis hit for a career .260 batting average and hit a total of 126 home runs.

He also stole 136 bases, had an on-base percentage of .333, a slugging percentage of .416, an OPS of .750, and an OPS+ of 102.

The veteran second baseman was a two-time All-Star during his career.

His best season came in 2016.

That year, he hit for a .275 average and popped a career-high 23 home runs.

He also drove in 82 runs, scored 91, and had an OPS of .811 as he helped guide the Indians to their first World Series appearance since 1997.

Cleveland fell short against the Cubs in seven games, but Kipnis played a key role in the team reaching the Fall Classic and returning to prominence during the 2010s decade.

With Kipnis in the fold, Cleveland reached the postseason as a Wild Card team in 2013 and later won three consecutive American League Central division titles from 2016-18.

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