Shortstop Rafael Furcal announces his retirement after 14 seasons

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urcal has had a good run, but now he's calling it a career.The three-time All Star and 2000 NL Rookie of the Year announced his retirement Tuesday. The 37-year-old shortstop signed a minor league contract with the Royals during spring training. MORE: Ranking this year's NL uniforms"To play in the major leagues for 14 seasons was a dream come true," Furcal said in a statement. "I love the game, but at this point, I don't feel like I can play up to my standards anymore and want to spend more time with my beautiful family." Furcal will be best remembered for his role anchoring the defense and the top of the order for the Braves and later the Dodgers, whom he joined in 2006. The Dodgers traded him to the Cardinals in 2011, and he was part of St. Louis' World Series-winning team that year. He made his final All-Star appearance the next season with the Cards.Furcal missed the 2013 season after having a ligament replaced in his right elbow. The Marlins signed him to be their second baseman last year, but he played in just nine games for them. He injured his left hamstring in his final big league performance on June 21, 2014.Furcal's best season was in 2003, when he scored 130 runs, hit 15 home runs, drove in 61 runs and posted a slash line of .292/.352/.443. Overall, Furcal collected 1,817 hits, scored 1,063 runs and added 314 stolen bases, with a career slash line of .281/.346/.402.