Three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson has retired after 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, the veteran outfielder announced on social media Friday.
Granderson, a Blue Island native and standout for Thornton Fractional South High School and UIC, began his career with the Tigers from 2004 to 2009 before stints with the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Marlins, with whom he spent his final season last year.
“I’ve been blessed to play professional baseball for the greater part of two decades,” Granderson — who will turn 39 next month — wrote in a letter he posted Friday morning on Instagram along with photos of him in uniform with each team he played for. The last picture showed him at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field as a Marlin.
Granderson was known for wearing his socks high to honor Negro League players, including Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line.