One of the most unsurprising retirements was announced on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as Vladimir Guerrero officially is leaving the game. The announcement came from the Listin Diario, and said that the long-injured Guerrero is retiring from Major League Baseball at the age of 38.
After 16 years as a player in the major leagues, Guerrero is retiring due to a number of reasons including injuries to his right knee and wanting to spend more time with his family.
“I decided to announce my retirement due to my desire to spend more time with my family,” Guerrero said (in Spanish), “as well as because of the two operations that I’ve had on my right knee.”
Guerrero has been attempting to get back into Major League Baseball since the 2011 season, when he played 145 games for the Baltimore Orioles. The next offseason, he got very little interest from other teams and wasn't on a roster once the season began.
He did accept a minor league deal from the Toronto Blue Jays in May of 2012, but was shortly released.
He eventually went on to play in the Dominican Republic.
Vladimir Guerrero walks away from the game with 449 career home runs, 477 doubles, and 181 stolen bases among many other big numbers. He was known more for his defense than his bat, and had one of the strongest rights arms in the history of the league.