Catricala retires from baseball to pursue law enforcement

Inside the Jackson Generals

In 2011, Vinnie Catricala was the best player in the Mariners minor league system – two years later the Sacramento, California native is retiring from baseball.

“I am just moving on (with my life) and actually one month into the Sacramento Police Academy,” said Catricala on Monday night. “I am really excited about the police department and my future.”

It has been a rough 16 months since earning Mariners Minor League Player of the Year honors in 2011.Catricala Lloyd Gallman

Catricala batted .349 with a .421 on-base percentage that included 25 home runs, 48 doubles and 106 RBIs during the 2011 season combined between High-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson. After moving up from High Desert, he batted .347 for the Generals in 62 games to close out the year. He actually finished against better competition in and posted a higher slugging percentage of .632 in Double-A.

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