SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Former San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik officially retired from baseball, the New York Post reported Thursday. Panik played eight seasons in MLB and won a World Series title with the Giants in 2014.
Panik debuted for the Giants in 2014, winning the World Series as a rookie. He played in San Francisco until 2019, when the Giants released him mid-season.
Panik had some key plays in the Giants’ World Series run in 2014, including a third-inning home run that gave the Giants a lead in their series-clinching Game 5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Panik had six hits in the World Series, including two doubles and a triple. Perhaps his most famous moment came in the third inning of Game 7 of the World Series, when he dived to snag an Eric Hosmer ground ball and flipped the ball with his glove to Brandon Crawford, starting a double play.