Rafael Soriano announces retirement

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS share a statement from RHP RAFAEL SORIANO, who has decided to retire from professional baseball:

I have decided to retire from the game I love. I want to take this opportunity to thank the front office staffs, scouts, coaches, and trainers from the Mariners, Braves, Rays, Yankees, Nationals, Cubs, and Blue Jays for believing in me and helping me to live out my dream; without you my career would not have been possible.  

I took my role with each team very seriously and always had a great amount of pride in being a professional athlete. I prepared myself mentally and physically to be the best I could be. I also want to thank my former teammates for accepting and supporting me as a brother, playing alongside you all was an honor. Lastly, I want to thank the fans who supported and motivated me every day, I gave you my all.  

I look forward to this next chapter in my life and hope to continue to be involved in baseball in some capacity in the future.

Sincerely,

Rafael Soriano