I’ve made some jokes about Jason Bartlett and why he was on the Minnesota Twins roster, I have time for one more joke. Jason Bartlett was on the Twins team, just so the Twins could have the rare in-season retirement.
In all seriousness, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press is reporting that Jason Bartlett will seriously retire. Bartlett was placed on the 15-Day disabled list by the Twins and was sent to Single-A Fort Myers for rehab, but has decided to retire.
According to Berardino, Bartlett’s agent called the assistant GM Rob Antony to inform the team of his retirement. Antony talked to Bartlett on Friday and told him to reconsider. The team does not expect him to return though.
This will more than likely be the last chapter of Jason Bartlett’s major league career. Especially after missing the past two seasons before this half-ways successful comeback with the Minnesota Twins. Bartlett appeared in three games for the Twins in 2014 and he did not register a hit, striking out in three of his four plate appearances.
Bartlett was a major league regular with the Twins from 2005-2007, before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. Bartlett made his major league debut with the Twins in 2004.
Jason Bartlett leaves major league baseball with a lifetime line of .270/.336/.366 and an All-Star Game appearance in 2008.