Calling it quits: Polycn retires from pro baseball

Michael Polcyn

Michael Polcyn’s stint in the minor leagues was short-lived.

The Ripon native was placed on the voluntarily retired list by the St. Louis Cardinals last week Wednesday — less than two weeks after signing a free-agent deal.

He played two games with St. Louis’ rookie-league affiliate, the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Cardinals, before informing the organization of his intention to retire.

In those games, both against the GCL Nationals, Polcyn batted 1 for 7 with a double and a strikeout. He started one game at third base and one at first, committing one error.

“It just wasn’t for me,” Polcyn said, adding it had nothing to due with an injury. “I decided I was going to come back and finish school.”

Polcyn, who just completed his senior year at Ripon College, needs a few more credits to graduate.

According to the college and his player page, he was pursuing a degree in exercise science.

While the decision to give up on his dream of playing in the big leagues wasn’t an easy one, Polcyn already has come to grips with it.

“Obviously, baseball is a big part of my life, but I knew it had to come to an end at some point,” he said.

Read the full story in the July 2, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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