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San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence announced Saturday on  Twitter that he is retiring from baseball. 

“Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career when you have to say: I am retiring from baseball.

“Forever thankful and Gr8ful,” the 37-year-old wrote. 

Pence a Forth Worth, Texas native was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 40th round of the 2002 MLB draft debuting in 2007 with the Houston Astros.

Pence, a four-time All-Star, hit 244 home runs with 942 RBI in his 14-year career with the Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Giants and Texas Rangers and helped the Giants win World Series titles in 2012 and 2014.

He hit .444 (12-for-27) with five RBI in the 2014 World Series, which the Giants won in seven games against the Kansas City Royals.

The right fielder was plagued by injuries in that years that followed, playing just 389 games from 2015-2018.

In 2019, Pence signed a minor-league contractwith the Texas Rangers, going on to earn an All-Star nod with a .297 batting average, 18 home runs and 59 RBIs. 

The Giants re-signed Pence to a one-year $3 million contract for 2020 but designated him for assignment on Aug. 23.

Follow Edith Noriega on Twitter @Noriega_Edith.

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