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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Former Giants fan-favorite infielder Joe Panik retires from MLB

Joe Panik, who joined Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt to form one of baseball’s best infields in the middle of the last decade, confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area that his playing days are over. Panik said he’s loving spending time with his wife, Brittany, and his seventh-month old daughter Mikayla, the couple’s first child.

“I feel very blessed for the career I have had and what I was able to accomplish,” Panik said via text. “Was literally a dream come true.”

Panik noted how many great people he met during his decade in professional baseball and said he was “truly blessed for being able to be raised a Giant.” The news of his retirement was first reported by Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

The Giants surprised some in the industry when they took Panik 29th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft, but just three years later he was a key piece of their run to a third title. Panik came up in June of 2014 and hit .305 the rest of the year, finishing sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting despite playing less than half the season. A former shortstop, Panik immediately gelled with Crawford and formed one of the best defensive duos in baseball. The two teamed up for one of the more memorable defensive plays in Giants history, with Panik’s glove-flip starting a huge double play in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

Panik hit .312 the next season with a .855 OPS and made an All-

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2022 at 11:52 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 20, 2022 at 08:52 AM (#6077611)
I've always liked hearing names like "Joe Panik" and "Madge Fudge", regardless of what they ever did in life.
   2. Buck Coats Posted: May 20, 2022 at 12:03 PM (#6077638)
made an All- what? An All-WHAT??
   3. Cris E Posted: May 20, 2022 at 01:29 PM (#6077648)
He was on the 2021 All-Abduction team. Don't you remember? Vanished in mid-interview last September, it was very strange.
   4. Itchy Row Posted: May 20, 2022 at 01:42 PM (#6077652)
He made an All-en Craig voodoo doll. Ended Craig's career.
   5. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: May 20, 2022 at 05:43 PM (#6077696)
and his seventh-month old daughter Mikayla, the couple’s first child.

His July month old daughter? Or is it something sinister?
   6. Arch Stanton Posted: May 20, 2022 at 06:50 PM (#6077706)
I certainly hope he travels to London and Birmingham, takes pictures, and posts them to Instagram.
   7. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: May 21, 2022 at 08:27 PM (#6077849)
He will surely spend his retirement at the Disco!
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 21, 2022 at 08:45 PM (#6077851)
Or in Detroit.
   9. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 21, 2022 at 09:40 PM (#6077855)
I went to a New Orleans Zephyrs game a while back and saw both Joe Panik and Dee Gordon in the same game. Looking at their minors records on BBREF it must have been 2016. Both were on rehab assignments apparently. I still have a T-shirt from a between inning promotion. There were thunderstorms in the area and probably fewer than 500 people there. Fun experience. I was with my then 16 year old son. The Zephyrs changed their name the next year to the baby cakes, so I am not giving up that T-shirt.

   10. baxter Posted: May 22, 2022 at 12:00 AM (#6077874)
7&8 No, Needle Park
   11. Tin Angel Posted: May 22, 2022 at 01:57 PM (#6077941)
Or maybe just in a room.
   12. The Honorable Ardo Posted: May 23, 2022 at 02:28 AM (#6078083)
I was surprised to see Panik had only 3099 plate appearances.

His best comps are Mark Lewis (a very similar batter whose career was truncated because he was injury-prone and a below-average fielder) and Gene Baker (who didn't get his chance until age 29 due to the color line, played four years as a full-time regular, then suffered a catastrophic injury in his age-33 season).
   13. Mefisto Posted: May 23, 2022 at 09:14 AM (#6078096)
#10: I'm surprised anyone else remembers that movie.
   14. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: May 23, 2022 at 10:29 AM (#6078109)
Or in Detroit.

Ziggy: Social distancing since 1980, approves this message.
   15. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: May 23, 2022 at 11:18 AM (#6078115)
Will no one speak up for Year Zero?
   16. jingoist Posted: May 23, 2022 at 12:05 PM (#6078119)
Ahhh; MLB level baseball.
A place where a guy who made $11M for his 8 year career, can retire at age 30 with a good chunk of that cash invested (hopefully) and do something else with his working life for the next 30+ years.
Or not.
He has options, which is a valuable asset for a 30 year old starting a family.
Good on ya, Joe.

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