Glover announces retirement from MLB

Heavener graduate Koda Glover, a major league baseball player with the Washington Nationals, announced his retirement on a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

“I write to you all today with great despair, that I will be announcing my retirement from professional baseball,” Glover wrote. “I have experienced a number of injuries the past three years and I believe it is time to step away from my playing career. I have loved this game from the moment I took my first steps and I will continue to love it for the rest of my life. This game has given me experiences that I will forever cherish and never forget. I say with extreme pride, that I was able to play for five years at the highest level in the world, at which only 0.4 percent of people have ever accomplished.

“I have been blessed to play alongside, against, learn from, and befriend some of baseball’s highest talents across the entire MLB. I plan to stay involved in helping young players pursue their goals and dreams through the game of baseball as a coach, instructor and mentor. I want to thank the Washington Nationals, for giving me a home for the past 5 years and giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents across this great country. I want to thank my teammates for the great memories and lifelong friendships I have developed along the way. I want to thank all of my fans that supported me through all of the ups and downs over the years. Lastly, I want to thank my family for standing by me and making sacrifices along the way so that I could pursue my childhood dream. I appreciate everyone that believed in me, I’ll cherish the support and memories forever.”

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