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Cody Decker walked away from his baseball career in dramatic fashion. 

By Dan Gartland
July 08, 2019

You couldn’t write this

After more than 1,000 games in the minor leagues (and just eight in the bigs), Cody Decker finished his career in the most dramatic way possible. 

Decker, the active career leader in minor-league home runs, stepped to the plate for the Reno Aces in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night trailing by one run with a runner on first and hit a long, long homer to win the game. 

Decker and his teammates knew it was the final at-bat of his baseball career, and he was mobbed when he reached the plate. 

“That moment coming off the field is something I never knew would happen,” Decker told “Getting all those hugs at home, then having a curtain call from the fans. It wasn’t just the fans which is amazing, it was my teammates on the top step both giving me a standing ovation.”

The Aces announced Sunday that Decker would be retiring, and he’ll make the move official in a press conference Monday in El Paso, where he played more games than any other city. His next steps include working at a non-profit in El Paso and hosting a national radio show with his wife, Jennifer Sterger. He also has some experience as an actor, in case anyone wants to turn his storybook ending into an actual Hollywood moment.

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