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All-Star Kane Retires This Summer… Countdown to KC Hall of Fame

Former All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain (37) is expected to retire.

Local media outlets including The Athletic reported on the 8th (Korean time) that Kane will officially retire as a Kansas City Royals player this summer. Kane has not signed a new contract since being released from the Milwaukee Brewers in June of last year. According to local reports, the Kansas City team is planning to invite Kane to their home stadium, Kauffman Stadium, to commemorate his retirement, and May is likely.

Kansas City general manager JJ Piccolo said, “Kane will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.”

Kane was selected in the 17th round of the 2004 draft. When Jack Greinke was traded in December 2010, he moved from Milwaukee to Kansas City and grew into a leading outfielder representing the team. In particular, in 2015, with 140 games, a batting average of 0.307, 16 homers and 72 RBIs, he was selected as the first All-Star in his debut and was named third in the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) vote. That year, he marked a page in the club’s history by leading Kansas City to a World Series championship. 위너 토토

In January 2018, Kane signed a contract with Milwaukee, a free agent (FA), and concluded his relationship with Kansas City. He even won his personal second All-Star in 2018 and Gold Glove for the National League outfielder in 2019. However, his performance plummeted from 2020 due to his injury and sluggishness. Last year, he only played in 43 games and his batting average was not good at 0.179 (26 hits in 145 at-bats). In the end, his choice was ‘retirement’. Kane, a father of three boys, said, “I asked the kids, ‘Do you want Dad to keep playing baseball, or are you ready to go home?’ and they said, ‘Daddy, I want to go home.’ “I just didn’t announce my retirement),” he said.

Kane’s career (13 years) in the big leagues was 1171 games, batting average of 0.283, 87 homers and 454 RBIs. During the seven years he played for Kansas City, he recorded 713 games, a batting average of 0.289, 56 homers and 308 RBIs. 

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