Former Texas softball player Taylor Hoagland announced her retirement from the U.S. National team and the game of softball Saturday.
Hoagland was a 2013 All-American and is Texas’ all-time leader in slugging percentage (.708), walks (178), home runs (58), on-base percentage (.501) and runs scored (223). She’s also third all-time in RBIs with (149).
Hoagland has played for the USA Softball Women’s National Team in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Here’s the letter that accompanied her Instagram video:
Dear Friends, Family and Fans,
I am writing this to let you all know that I wish to respectfully retire from the United States National Team and the game of softball all together. I have come to a crossroads in my professional life where I have acquired responsibilities that need to be taken care of financially, and unfortunately cannot effectively accomplish that by taking three months off to travel. It is with my utmost sincerity when I say that I have been honored to be a vital part in the USA organization and our team will always hold a special place in my heart. You all have made my dreams come true to represent our country in the sport that I love, and for that I will forever be indebted to you.
My intentions were never to try out in January if I had known this decision was going to be made a few months later. However, sometimes life happens and you have to make tough choices. There came a point in time when I needed to have a heart to heart with myself and realize that its time to be a grown up, and that I need to refocus on my career path. Softball has been my first love for 20 years, and it has been quite the inner struggle for me to come to this decision, but I am at peace with it and I hope that you all will support me and my future endeavors.
My heart will always bleed red, white and blue and fly high with the eagles. There has been no greater experience than the one I have had in the ASA/USA organization, so thank you for the memories, from the bottom of my heart.
Tay-Ho USA #6
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