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Alfonso Soriano announces his retirement from baseball after a 16-year career

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a double against the Tampa Bay Rays  during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 4, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a double against the Tampa Bay Rays during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 4, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Seven-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano says he is retiring from the major leagues after a season in which he was released by the New York Yankees on July.

"I've lost the love and passion to play the game," said Soriano in a radio interview Tuesday in his native Dominican Republic. "Right now, my family is the most important thing."

Soriano, 38, completed in 2014 the final year of his $136 million, eight-year contract he signed with the Chicago Cubs before the 2007 season.

He ends his career 50th in baseball history with 412 home runs.

"Although I consider myself in great shape, my mind is not focused on baseball," said Soriano.

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Soriano was released by the Yankees after playing just 67 games. He was hitting .221 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

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