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Ex-Angel Torii Hunter retires from MLB after 19 seasons: Here’s why we’ll miss him

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Former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Torii Hunter has decided to hang up his cleats after 19 seasons in the majors, according to an ESPN report. The right-hand-hitting, right-hand-throwing outfielder won nine straight gold glove awards from 2001-2009 and was a five-time All-Star. 

Beyond the numbers and accolades, however Hunter was known throughout his career for having an infectious personality and  one of the best interviews in sports. Here’s an example of why that’s the case: 

(H/T: Jim Rome on Showtime)

As likable as Hunter was on and off the field during his playing days, his tendency to speak his mind often got him into controversy. Whether it was being vocal about his opposition to gay marriage or his labeling of black Latino ballplayers as “imposters,” he always found the limelight for better or worse. 

But when it comes to Hunter’s total resume as a player, he’ll be remembered for the good.

He’s someone who can likely walk right off the field and into a studio to become a great analyst. Here’s an example of some great footage of he and ex-teammate David Ortiz

Another with Matt Kemp was just as good: 

Though Tuesday marked the end of his baseball career, sports fans likely haven’t seen the last of Hunter in front of a camera. Let’s just hope it’s sooner rather than later. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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