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Francisco Cervelli Retires After 13 Major League Seasons

Written by Jameus Mooney

In a post on Instagram, veteran backstop Francisco Cervelli announced his retirement after 13 seasons at the Major League season. A career derailed by concussions, Cervelli was a very defensively oriented and sound catcher who ended his career with a .268/.358/.382 slashline. A solid hitter as well, he never could get a full season or even be the full-time catcher with a squad due to the injuries he amassed.

He signed internationally with the Yankees in 2003, before coming up for the first time in 2008. He was on their World Series squad in 2009. He was mainly the back up to Russell Martin before the Yankees signed Brian McCann and dealt him to the Steel City for Justin Wilson. He had his best career year in 2015.

He was an integral piece in September for last years division winning Atlanta Braves and a big piece of the Marlins this year. He had the seventh (at minimum, that we know of) concussion of his career that ended his season. You can see his Instragram post below.

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