Major League Baseball has had its share of legends who played deep into their careers. Some of the most recent to finally hang up their spikes and walk away from the game include Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, and, barring an unexpected comeback, Andy Pettitte.
Each of the aforementioned players stuck around for a long time and were able to leave a lasting impression on the game we all love.
Over the last couple of seasons, team executives have turned their focus to building winning programs with young, athletic, and less-expensive players while the elder generation nears a mass exedos via retirement.
Many of our favorite players will soon be leaving the field and this wave of retirees could certainly see the 2011 campaign as one last "hoorah." Let's take a quick look at ten impact players who will retire following the upcoming season.