A former Cuban star who wore a No. 17 jersey to the 1996 Olympics and was cut by the team after his career was over, is retiring from the league.
Cuban, who is 39, made the announcement on Instagram on Wednesday.
The former No. 15 has not played in a game since 2013.
“As a former Cub, I would never wear my No. 23,” he wrote.
“I love this league, I love the fans and I love all of you.
You deserve better than to have your dreams derailed by the ego of others.
I am retiring from this league.”
Cuban said the jersey is his “only true jersey” and is a tribute to his teammates.
He wore the No. 43 jersey when he was with the Washington Redskins.
“To the Cubans, my home team, the Cuban people, the fans, the city, the country, all of the people who are my teammates, my friends and the fans of this great league, my family, I thank you for everything you’ve done for me and my family.
The world needs more like you.”
The retired player, who won three Super Bowls with the team, said he wants to remain involved with the sport.
“It was my dream to play in the NFL and I had the best chance to do that,” he said.
“But, unfortunately, my body just could not take it anymore.
I had a surgery last year to have a heart valve removed, and I have to give up on the chance to play.
The former starting shortstop is an all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, hits and doubles. “
Now that I’m done with baseball, I want my family to have peace and calm, and to know that I have a great future in this beautiful game.”
The former starting shortstop is an all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, hits and doubles.
He is the all-Time leader in all four categories with 8,066.
The only player in the league to have at least 100 RBIs is Hall of Famer Babe Ruth.
He played in the majors from 1970-91.