Chris Davis of Baltimore Orioles retires.

Chris Davis, one of baseball’s most prolific home run hitters, announced his retirement on Thursday, capping a career in which he became one of the game’s most prolific home run hitters before his performance dwindled due to injury issues during his final seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

After surgery to replace the labrum in his left hip in May, Davis, 35, was set to miss the whole 2021 season. He hadn’t played since the spring season in Baltimore.

“After an extended time dealing with my injury and recent hip surgery, I informed the Orioles about my decision to retire effective today,” Davis said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank the Orioles partnership group, led by the Angelos family, the Orioles organization, my teammates and coaches. … Thank you all for the many memories that I will cherish forever.”

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