Fan favorite Ryan Spilborghs has announced he will retire. Spilly spent last season in Japan hitting just .234 over 70 games. In an extensive blog piece he chronicles his battle with the decision:
I’ve spent this entire offseason contemplating sacrifices and opportunity, weighing my individual desires and that of my family. What I’ve eventually landed on, and let me say it wasn’t an individual effort, was an agreement with my mind and my heart, that I am going to move on from playing baseball.
His time in Colorado was exciting, especially his walk-off grand slam against the Giants in ’09, and in very exciting news he will be joining the Root Sports team for game broadcasts.
I sat down late in October with several members of the Root Sports team, guys I’ve known my entire playing career, and guys I absolutely trust. Basically they offered me a chance to interview for the pre and post-game analyst position.
You can read more from Spilly on his decision to retire and join Root at his DP blog.