Phillies legend Jay Bruce retires 15 Games into the 2021 Season
Fan favorite Jay Bruce played 83 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019 and 2020 before signing with the Yankees this past offseason. In somewhat shocking news, the Phillies legend announced over the weekend that he would be retiring after Sunday’s game.
Bruce stated that the reason he was hanging up the cleats is because he could no longer perform at the level that he expected out of himself on a day-to-day basis.
Bruce, who was playing a lot this season at first base for the Yankees due to a torn meniscus from Luke Voit, saw his production at the plate fall off this year, batting 4-for-34 (.118) with one home run and 13 strikeouts.
Bruce turned into quite the journeyman at the end of his career after nine MLB seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He played three years with the Mets, two with the Phillies, and one with the Indians, Mariners, and Yankees.
With the Phillies, Bruce hit .212 but slugged .494 and hit 18 home runs in 252 plate appearances. He was a critical part of the Phillies team that lost McCutchen with a torn ACL in 2019.
Raise your glasses to Jay Bruce, who made more than $100 million in his 14-year MLB career while finishing with 319 home runs, tied for 122nd all-time with Cecil and Prince Fielder.
One last thing, to the dopes on Facebook that can’t take a freaking joke by calling Jay Bruce a Phillies legend. I see every single one of you miserable losers. Pour yourself another cup of coffee. I know it’s Monday morning but I promise you, it will be okay.