Five star players who retired from the MLB in 2018

Fans were forced to say goodbye to some of their favorite players this year.

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These five players were key parts of their respected teams. Together they earned 28 All-Star selections, 17 Silver Slugger Awards and almost 300 Wins Above Replacement. At the end of the season, these players closed the book on their incredible careers, some were plagued by injuries, but none the less amazing.

1

Adrian Beltre - 3B

Adrian Beltre was a gift to the sport. He always gave a powerful performance when it came to offense and defense. He has become one of the most recognizable players to play the game. He ended his career by hugging Seattle pitcher Felix Hernandez.

2

Victor Martinez - C

Victor Martinez was a beloved player to the Tigers fan base and team. Over his 16 seasons, he became a five-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger winner. Martinez was a power player when he was healthy. His age began to take a toll on him, and realized that four-year deals would no longer be offered to him. Martinez was ready to head back home and spend more time with his family.

3

Joe Mauer - C/1B

Joe Mauer has been a staple in the Minnesota Twins organization for 15 years. He is a six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. Mauer appears to be headed to the Hall of Fame. His last game was September 30.

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4

Chase Utley - 2B

Utley started out as a key player for the Phillies, but later moved to the Dodgers organization. Utley managed to win a World Series title in 2008 and became a six-time All-Star selection. Utley ended up becoming a "part-time" player. In 16 years, Utley recorded 259 home runs and 1,025 RBIs. He won four Silver Slugger Awards.

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5

David Wright - 3B

David Wright was a lifelong New York Mets player, giving a strong performance to the fans. However, back injuries plagued him and kept him to only play 211 games from age 31 on, including two as he bid farewell to Citi Field. When he was healthy, Wright was heading for a Hall of Fame shoe-in. Wright finished his career .296/.376/.491.

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