43-year-old Latroy Hawkins retires after 22 years in the big leagues. Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
By: Jefferson Marshall
After a long career, veteran reliever Latroy Hawkins has decided to finally retire this off-season. He is staying true to the statement he made last December by announcing the 2015 season will be his last.
With 22 years as a major leaguer under his belt, he has played for 11 franchises, played in two different countries, and has made the post season three times.
To put it in perspective: when he debuted in his rookie season in 1995 the first installment of Toy Story came to theaters, an online auction site called Ebay just got launched, the Billboard Hot 100 Charts were being dominated by Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”, and Hawkins’ Toronto Blue Jays teammate Roberto Osuna was born in February of that year.
However, Hawkins has been able to play alongside some great players like Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, David Ortiz, and Jose Bautista.
In his tenure he has had to transition from team to team, which is one of the more difficult tasks a pro athlete has to face. However, Hawkins seemed to have no problem with the travelling.
Here’s a map to put his long career into perspective.