Youkilis, 35, hit .215/.342/.323 in 21 games for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League.
According to a Mass Live article back in May, it appeared as though he still had hopes of making a big league comeback. Now, however, that does not seem as certain.
According to a source of Yawkey Way Report, “Kevin [Youkilis] has yet to decide what he’s doing next season”. From a reporter’s respective, this makes it seem as though he is leaning towards retirement.
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What this means for fans is that they may never find themselves yelling “YOOOUUUKKK” at Fenway Park ever again.
Sure Youkilis was one of the best players in the game, but age and health have caught up with him. He turns 36 on the ides of March which is considered ancient in baseball years.
In his big league career, Youkilis was a long time member of the Boston Red Sox organization playing in Boston from 2004 to 2012 until he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He also spent an injury-shortened 2013 in pinstripes, playing for the rival New York Yankees.
As of now, Youkilis is a career .281/.382/.478 hitter with 150 homeruns in big league action, but it is unclear whether or not he will ever play a game of Major League Baseball again.
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Still, he was a contributing member on two World Series teams and an on-base machine. Not many players can say they posted an OBP of over .400 on multiple occasions.
He may be best remembered though for his contributions in one particular postseason series.
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In the 2007 ALCS, Youkilis made the difference for Boston in a tough series against the Cleveland Indians spanning seven games. The “Greek god of walks” went 14-for-28 with three home runs while drawing five walks and knocking in seven.
In his career, although he was primarily a first baseman, Youk spent time at the hot corner (third base), second base, and in the outfield manning left and right field.
The Ohio native was most effective defensively at first base posting a .997 career fielding percentage at the position. He did not commit a single error at first base in 2007 in 1080 chances which earned him the Gold Glove award.
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Even if he never steps on a baseball field ever again, Youkilis did good, he did good.