Hopkins Retires from Baseball

Luke Hopkins announced this spring his voluntary retirement from baseball. Hopkins never appeared in a minor league spring training game this spring and called it quits after just three months in professional baseball. Hopkins is the third player this season to announce his retirement.

The Blue Jays selected Hopkins in the fifth round of the 2006 draft from New Mexico State University. The draft-eligible sophomore was expected to be the next big offensive threat in the system when he was drafted in June.

A high ranking Blue Jays official confirmed the retirement news to InsideTheDome earlier this week.

"Nothing surprises us anymore," the official said.

The 6'2, 255 pound first baseman struggled in his only season in professional baseball last year with Auburn batting .239 with six home runs and forty-two runs batted in.

Hopkins is the third player this year to retire from baseball. In February first baseman David Hicks announced in retirement, as did right-handed pitcher Danny Hill.

Hicks played for the Lansing Lugnuts last season and batted .237 with 3 home runs and 42 runs batted in. Hill meanwhile pitched for Double-A New Hampshire and went 3-7 with a 5.54 ERA in 74 2/3 innings.

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