“After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire,” Willingham said. “I’m honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me.”
Coming off a ho-hum 2014 season in which he hit .215/.346/.397 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 92 games, Willingham finally made the decision which he had been wrestling with since September.
In 11 seasons at the big league level, Willingham finishes with a career .253/.358/.465 with 195 home runs and 632 RBI. His best season came in 2010 as a member of the Twins when he set creer highs with 35 home runs and 110 RBI – his lone season with 100 or more RBI.