Lowrie expresses gratitude for A's in retirement announcement

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After spending half of his 14-year major league career with the Athletics, veteran infielder Jed Lowrie is calling it a career. 

The 38-year-old doubles machine announced his retirement on Instagram along with a lengthy, heartfelt message. 

“No one gets to play forever,” the post read. “And the time has come for me to close the chapter on my playing career. I was relentless in my pursuit to get better, whether on the field or fighting my way back. From a high school kid that had a ‘higher ceiling as a pitcher than a hitter,' I’m proud of my accomplishments and the resiliency it took to thrive at the highest level for 15 years.” 

“I was lucky to learn from some of the pillars in our game. And hopefully I did my part in passing on that institutional knowledge to the next generation. The players have never been more talented than they are right now. I’m amazed how high the bar has been pushed during my career. The game has changed.” 

Lowrie spent the first part of his major league career with the Boston Red Sox before going on to play for the Houston Astros, New York Mets and three separate stints with the A’s.

Over his big league career, he compiled a .257/.330/.406 slash line and 1,185 career hits in 1,307 games. He became a one-time All-Star with the A's in 2018, which also was the best season of his career.

"Thank you to my wife and kids for joining me on this wild ride, you are my world," Lowrie continued in his post. "To my parents, for giving me the opportunities as a kid to fulfill my dreams. To all of my friends and family, who helped support and guide me through the ups and downs. To my teammates who made it all worth fighting for. To my agents who taught me valuable lessons about the business of the game.

"To every organization that believed in me and gave me the opportunity to play. And to the fans in Boston, Houston, New York and Oakland, it wasn't always perfect, but I gave it my all and I'm grateful for the opportunity to play for you. Thank you." 

Lowrie wrapped up his career in a 50-game stint with the A's last season before being designated for assignment. 

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported Lowrie cited his decision to walk away from the game to the physical toll of the sport on his body and the desire to spend time with family. 

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But it doesn't sound like he'll be closing the door on baseball for good. 

"Love never dies though," Lowrie concluded. "So I look forward to new opportunities in the game." 

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