Adrian Cardenas talks about the hardest decision of his life, quitting pro baseball, in this interview. 20something years are full of big decisions like Adrian's and an inability to feel satisfied with our decisions. Maybe Adrian's story can illuminate an answer for a question you're facing in your life today.
Adrian Cárdenas Rubio is a former American professional baseball second baseman. Born in Miami Lakes, Florida, he comes from what he refers to as a “liberal, vegetarian” Cuban family. In 2006, Cardenas won the Baseball America High School Player of the Year Award. After his graduation from high school in Miami, Adrian was a first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies. In July of 2008, the Phillies traded Adrian to the Oakland Athletics.
In February of 2012, Adrian was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs and made his start as a pinch-hitter. During his 2012 Chicago Cubs season, Adrian had 67 plate appearances in 45 games. He says of his time with the Cubs “The Cubs are my team, I think they’ll forever be my team.”
Adrian retired from baseball after the 2012 season, a decision which he easily calls his most difficult to date. He became a full-time student at NYU and wrote a piece for the New Yorker entitled “Why I Quit Major League Baseball.” He refers to publication of the piece as the official moment when he left the major leagues.