Torii Hunter enjoyed a successful MLB career. He was one of the top outfielders during his time in the league and made many big plays out on the field. Throughout his career, he played for three different teams.
He made the all-star playing for each team. But there was one team that he made sure that he would not play for, and that was the Boston Red Sox.
Torii Hunter’s years in the MLB
Hunter spent the majority of his career playing with the Minnesota Twins. He spent his first 11 seasons in Minnesota, and he was a fan favorite. Hunter won multiple Gold Glove awards and made an all-star team during his first stint. After his first stint with the Twins, he went to California and played with the Los Angeles Angels.
Just like his time in Minnesota, Hunter made an impact playing for the Angels. He spent five seasons with the Angels, and he continued to be one of the best outfielders in the league. He continued to win multiple Gold Glove awards, and he won a Silver Slugger award. Hunter also made another all-star appearance with the Angels.
The end of Torii Hunter’s career
Toward the end of his career, he played for the Detroit Tigers for a few seasons. In his first season with the Tigers, he made the all-star team and play for a Tigers team that was one of the top teams in the American League. He finished his career playing with the Twins, and he had a career batting average of .277 with 2,452 hits, 353 home runs, and 1,391 RBIs.
Hunter was a leader in the club room, and he was a mentor to the younger players. He was also a good teammate who wasn’t afraid to get on you if he noticed you weren’t doing something right or playing at your full potential. Hunter even got into some altercations with his teammates throughout his career, but he did not have any bad blood with the people that he played with.
Torii Hunter did not want to play in Boston
There was one reason why Hunter did not want to play for the Boston Red Sox. In a recent interview on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo show Hunter talked about why he did not want to play in Boston. He made sure that every contract he signed included Boston in his no-trade clause.
“I’ve been called the N-word in Boston 100 times, and I said something about it,” Hunter said about his experience with people from there. “So I had a no-trade clause in everything I had not to go to Boston. Not because of all the people, not because of the teammates, not because of the front office.
“Because if you’re doing that and it’s allowed amongst the people, I don’t want to be there.” It’s sad to see a player not wanting to play somewhere because of the color of his skin. But unfortunately, that is the kind of world we live in. Athletes face discrimination just like everyone else in the world, and they too have a voice, and Hunter wanted to address his concerns and how he felt on everything.