“All I ever wanted to be ‘when I grew up’ was a baseball player, and to say that I got to live out my dream would be the understatement of a lifetime,” Bruce wrote in a statement, as reported by The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal. “This sport gave me more than I could’ve ever asked for.”
Bruce, 34, signed with the Yankees as a free agent in February and started the season at first base. However, the acquisition of second baseman Roughned Odor pushed 2020 batting champion DJ LeMahieu to first base and Bruce out of the starting lineup. His last game was April 14 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
“I think [LeMahieu] is gonna get a lot of looks, a lot of time there [at first base],” manager Aaron Boone said Saturday, according to the New York Post. “I think you can expect to see DJ a lot there in the near future.”
Bruce, a three-time all-star and two-time Silver Slugger, retires having hit 319 home runs and 951 RBIs in 1,650 games with the Reds, Mets, Phillies, Cleveland, Mariners and Yankees. He hit more than 30 home runs in a season five times.
“Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, trainers, clubhouse staffs, fans and countless others who were involved in helping make me into the player and man I am today,” Bruce wrote. “Every stop I made throughout these 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.”