It would be easy to imagine that Mitch Moreland had already retired. The former Boston Red Sox first baseman had not appeared in a game since 2021, with various injuries limited him to just 81 games. However, Moreland was still waiting, hoping for a chance to go out on his own terms.
That did not prove to be the case. Moreland told WEEI.com that he is now retired, having spent the past year with his family. He is not quite done with baseball however, as he is spending time with the Red Sox in spring training as a mentor working with the younger players.
Mitch Moreland ready for another role with Boston Red Sox
Moreland had put together a solid career as a left handed hitting first baseman with some pop. He produced a .251/.318/.446 batting line with 186 homers and 219 doubles in his 4536 plate appearances, making the 2018 All Star Game and winning a Gold Glove in 2016. Moreland won a World Series in 2018, his pinch hit three run homer in Game Four igniting a Red Sox comeback.
This transition has been in the works for some time. Moreland stated that he had several conversations with manager Alex Cora and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom to get a feel for a coaching role. He had interest in such a role, and after his experience in Boston, felt that this would be the perfect way to get acclimated.
It remains to be seen if Moreland has a new career. He was a valued veteran presence during his playing days, someone who helped his teams reach the postseason in eight of his 12 years in the majors. That experience and presence would be valuable on a Red Sox team in transition, especially with his playoff pedigree.
Former Boston Red Sox All Star Mitch Moreland has announced his retirement. His second act could come in Boston as well.