Kyle Higashioka's emotional message after leaving the Yankees

"“From the day I was drafted to sharing a spring training clubhouse with Hall of Fame players as a 19-year-old kid, to finally making my major league debut after 10 years."- he wrote.

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Kyle Higashioka's emotional message after leaving the Yankees
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Kyle Higashioka, the catcher traded to the San Diego Padres in the big deal that landed slugger Juan Soto with the Yankees, said his goodbyes on Sunday night. Higashioka is happy to have spent 16 great years with the Yankees.

There are many memories behind him that he will never forget. He thanked everyone who was a huge support on his way.

“As I reflect on my 16 seasons with the Yankees organization, I have nothing but gratitude to express to the fans, my teammates, the organization, and the Steinbrenner family, for the many incredible moments, we have all shared during my time in pinstripes,” -Kyle Higashioka wrote.

Higashioka reflected on his early days with the team, remembering the determination he had to succeed in his career. Being in the same dressing room as world-famous players was an incredible experience for him
“From the day I was drafted to sharing a spring training clubhouse with Hall of Fame players as a 19-year-old kid, to finally making my major league debut after 10 years in the minor leagues, to taking an eternity to get my first hit, to having a three-home-run game, to catching a no-hitter and a perfect game."

Kyle Higashioka: Thank you to the fans

There are certain names that will forever stay with him.

Being part of a team with such a rich tradition is an incredible honor. He made sure to express gratitude to the fans who have always supported him

“Watching [Aaron] Judge hit 62 [home runs] and [Gerrit] Cole win the Cy Young Award, I made so many memories and formed so many relationships with this organization that I’m so grateful for.

Thank you to my teammates for being like brothers to me, and always pushing me to be the best player I can be. Thank you to the organization and the Steinbrenner family for the opportunities given to me that have allowed me to become a major-league ballplayer.

And thank you to the fans for always making me feel at home and loved in New York."


Kyle Higashioka has always appreciated fans who could recognize that. Without their support, Kyle believes that he would not have been able to make a great career.

“It blew my mind every time I would see a 66 Jersey in the wild. There aren’t many of them, but the fact that anyone would spend their hard-earned money just to support me is crazy to think about. Without all you fans, we wouldn’t be getting paid to play a game for a living. So thank you again."

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