Nick Swisher is calling it quits on his playing career after twelve seasons in the major leagues. After having surgery on both of his knees in August 2014, he was unable to fully bounce back. He did not play in the majors in 2016, although he had a brief stint with the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.
Swisher’s had his most productive seasons from 2005 to 2013, when he averaged 23 HR and 74 RBI for the Oakland A’s, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. In his four seasons with the New York Yankees, the popular outfielder was the starting right-fielder, and made the American League All-Star team in 2010. He was a member of the World Series champion Yankees in 2009.
Swisher’s father, Steve, was a major-league catcher from 1974 to 1092. He was an all-star selection in 1976 with the Chicago Cubs, although he primarily served as a back-up for most of his career.
See the link below from The Players’ Tribune for more about Swisher’s career and decision to retire.