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Miners first baseman Chance Shepard announced Tuesday he is retiring from professional baseball. 

Miners catcher/first baseman Chance Shepard announced Tuesday that he is retiring from professional baseball.

Shepard batted .253 last year in his only season with Southern Illinois, cracking a team-high 23 homers and driving in 59 runs. Shepard also scored a team-high 56 runs and played in all 95 games while become the first Miner to belt 20 homers in a year since 2009.

Prior to his season with Southern Illinois, Shepard played in the Washington Nationals’ organization for two years. He also represented the Miners at last year’s Frontier League Home Run Derby, advancing to the second round.

— The Southern

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