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River Cats' Drew Robinson—Suicide Survivor—Announces Retirement, Transition To Mental Health Advocate

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento River Cats player Drew Robinson, who survived a suicide attempt last year that took one of his eyes, announced his retirement and said he is joining the San Francisco Giants' front office as an advocate for mental health.

Robinson said Friday that this weekend's series in Sacramento against the Round Rock Express would be his final games.

After a suicide attempt in April 2020, Robinson has spent the last year promoting self-love and self-care and said he looks forward to remaining in the sport that he loves in his next chapter.

Las Vegas Aviators v Sacramento River Cats
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 27: Drew Robinson #5 of the Sacramento River Cats gets ready to bat against the Las Vegas Aviators in the ffith inning at Sutter Health Park on May 27, 2021 in Sacramento, California. Robinson attempted suicide on April 16, 2020 by shooting himself in the temple. Although he lost vision in one of his eyes, he has been able to make a full recovery. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

"I remember the day after my suicide attempt, the first thought I had toward choosing to live came from thinking about playing baseball again. I did that, with one eye, and I'm grateful for the time I spent with the River Cats and the 11 incredible years I spent with the Rangers and Cardinals," he wrote in a farewell sent out on Twitter.

The Giants signed Robinson over the winter and he was placed with the Triple-A River Cats in May—when he played his first home game with Sacramento.

Robinson said, over the last 15 months, it was rewarding to persevere through the mental and physical challenges that came with trying to take his own life.

"Even more special was the way you all inspired me to keep going. I saw your messages. And I appreciated every single one of them; it's a beautiful thing to be able to receive people's most positive energy," he wrote to fans.

The River Cats homestand against Round Rock ends on Tuesday.

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