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Tyler Flowers to retire, will continue to work with Braves

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After a 12-year career in the Majors, catcher Tyler Flowers has decided to retire according to a report by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Flowers had recently signed a minor league deal with the Braves but degenerative discs in his back have caused him to rethink the decision.

Flowers was originally a 27th round pick by the Braves in the 2004 MLB Draft out of Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Georgia. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2008 in the deal that brought starter Javier Vazquez to Atlanta. He made his major league debut with the White Sox in 2009.

Flowers signed a free agent deal with Atlanta in December of 2015 and he spent the final five seasons of his career in a Braves uniform.

Flowers was regarded as one of the better pitch framers in the league and played a key part as the Braves emerged from their rebuild. He will retire having played in 802 career games while hitting .237/.319/.391 with 86 career home runs.

Per Bowman, Flowers will continue to work with the organization and assist in game planning.