The newly formed MLB Draft League announced Monday that Gyorko accepted a managerial position with one of its six founding teams, the West Virginia Black Bears. With the 32-year-old Gyorko having committed to instruct draft-eligible prospects this summer, he'll presumably close the curtains on an 11-year professional career. Gyorko spent the past eight of those seasons in MLB, seeing action with the Padres, Cardinals, Dodgers and Brewers. Over 847 career games, Gyorko slashed .245/.310/.424 with 121 home runs and 370 RBI.
The Brewers declined Gyorko's $4.5 million club option for 2021, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports. The 32-year-old was a strong contributor for the Brewers during the shortened season, as he posted a career-best .837 OPS with nine home runs and 17 RBI in 43 games. Gyorko had most of his success against LHPs (1.048 OPS in 57 plate appearances) and struggled against RHPs with a .699 OPS and 32.1 percent strikeout rate (78 plate appearances). The veteran infielder seems likely to compete in a platoon during spring training, wherever he lands.
Gyorko went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in Monday's loss to the Reds. Gyorko gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead with his homer off Luis Castillo in the fifth. The first baseman continues to enjoy a resurgent season in which he's belted nine long balls while hitting .274/.360/.579.
Gyorko went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in a 3-2 loss against the Cardinals in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader. Gyorko broke a scoreless tie with his two-run blast in the fourth inning, giving him eight on the season. It was his third long ball of the month and he raised his season OPS to 1.004.
Gyorko went 2-for-5 with two solo homers and a walk during Wednesday's 19-0 win over the Tigers. The 31-year-old went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position -- including a GIDP with the bases loaded -- but he still came up with the two solo shots. Gyorko has a .293/.379/.672 slash line with seven homers, 12, runs and 12 RBI in 24 games.