Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement Thursday in a statement released through the New York Yankees.
“For as long as I can remember, my dream was to compete at the highest level as a Major League Baseball player … to wear a big-league uniform and play hard for my teammates and the fans,” Tulowitzki said in the statement. “I will forever be grateful for every day that I’ve had to live out my dream. It has been an absolute honor.
“I will always look back with tremendous gratitude for having the privilege of playing as long as I did. There is no way to truly express my gratitude to the fans of Colorado, Toronto, and New York. They always made my family and I feel so welcome.”
Tulowitzki, 34, played just five games this season before suffering a strained left calf April 3.
“[The retirement was] something he’s been working through over the last couple of months with his family,” Boone said Thursday, adding that he had spoken with Tulowitzki earlier in the day. “It sounds like he’s doing well and looking forward to the next chapter.”
Tulowitzki missed all of 2018 after having surgery on both heels. He also suffered an ankle injury in 2017.
A five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, the shortstop finishes his career with a .290 batting average with 225 home runs, 1,391 hits, 762 runs and 780 RBIs with the Yankees, Blue Jays and Rockies.
Tulowitzki spent parts of 10 seasons in Colorado, and he still ranks among the franchise’s top 10 in games played (1,048, fifth), runs (660, sixth), hits (1,165, seventh) and home runs (188, seventh).
Tulowitzki has accepted a job as an assistant coach with the Texas Longhorns baseball team.
“Tulo and I had an opportunity to spend some time together and I came away so impressed with his desire to teach and his excitement to become a part of Texas Baseball,” head coach David Pierce said in a statement. “Longhorn legends Huston Street and Drew Stubbs gave great endorsements on Tulo’s behalf. His knowledge goes without saying but his passion and energy for the development of young men left such a meaningful impression on me. He will be a great addition to our staff.”