The ballplayer is leaving the big leagues after a season in which he was placed on unconditional release.
Pedro Nakamura. Peninsula 360 Press
After spending much of 2020 without activity with the San Francisco Giants, veteran Hunter Pence reported through social networks that will not continue his career in the world of the diamond, as no team offered him a contract after being released unconditionally by the ninth of the Bay.
The message with which Pence said goodbye to fans and fellow professionals highlights how difficult it was to make the decision, as he was never ready for it.
"Nobody prepares you for this part of your career where you have to say you're retiring from baseball. Thank you to all my teammates, teams and coaches. Thank you for helping me become who I was. The fans will always have a place in my heart," he says in a video posted on his Twitter, which highlights the best moments in 14 years as a professional.
San Francisco's decision to put him on assignment in August caused a stir because of the slugger's importance to the team, who was identified as a youth builder and leader of the locker room, but the numbers since he was put on assignment in August have not been as good as they should be. the lomita in this 2020 did not favor him, as he averaged .096 with two home runs and six RBIs in 52 innings.
Hunter Pence spent his career with the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants, with whom he twice found World Series lifting glory, in 2012 and 2014.
He hit .444 in the 2014 World Series, where he homered and drove in five runs to lead the Golden Gate squad to a seven-game win over the Kansas City Royals.
The Fort Worth, Texas native finishes his career with outstanding career numbers of average (.279), 244 home runs, and 942 RBIs, all in 1707 games. He twice won the most valuable player award (2013 and 2014) and appeared in two All-Star Games.