Travis Shaw, a super utilityman who spent eight seasons in Major League Baseball, has announced his retirement.
Once a promising young prospect with the Boston Red Sox, Shaw came up to the big leagues in 2015 and immediately burst onto the scene, hitting .270 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in his first 65 games.
The super utilityman was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers after the 2016 season and emerged as a power threat in the middle of the team’s lineup, with his best season coming in 2017.
That year, Shaw hit .273 with 31 home runs and 101 RBI as he helped guide the Brewers back into contention for the first time since 2014.
On Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today provided the news.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 17, 2023
Shaw spent parts of four seasons in Boston and four seasons in Milwaukee, splitting the vast majority of his time with the two teams.
He spent the 2020 season with the Toronto Blue Jays before rejoining the Brewers the following year.
He was traded back to Boston and finished out his career with the team.
The veteran slugger finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .237, a grand total of 141 home runs, 366 RBI, a .437 slugging percentage, and a .757 OPS.
Though never a household name, Shaw was a part of several great teams and some deep postseason runs.
The 32-year-old had a disappointing final season in the big leagues, having not recorded a single hit.
But baseball is a difficult game, and Shaw did have a few solid seasons during his eight-year career.