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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Joe Mauer is one of several star players who retired from pro baseball in 2018. [Image Credit] Minnesota Twins - YouTube
Joe Mauer is one of several star players who retired from pro baseball in 2018. [Image Credit] Minnesota Twins - YouTube
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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.

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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.

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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.

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