Wichita Wingnuts shortstop Josh Horn announced his retirement Monday.
Wichita Wingnuts shortstop Josh Horn announced his retirement Monday.Horn was a five-year professional, who spent the last three seasons with the Wingnuts. He played in two championship series and was a five-time all-star. He posted 548 hits in 467 games.“I had a great time doing what I did,” Horn said. “But I think God has opened up some other doors for me, and I feel like I have to walk through those doors and close this one.“I learned a lot about baseball, and I learned a lot about myself. The game has taught me a lot. I was around a great group of guys and a great coaching staff. They taught me a lot about the game, and they taught me a lot about life itself.”Horn holds Wingnut franchise records in games played (271), base hits (341), runs scored (187), RBIs (125), walks (117) and stolen bases (46). He holds a 20-game hitting streak, also a franchise record.“He meant a ton to me,” Wingnuts manager Kevin Hooper said. “He’s my type of guy, no question. I told him I can’t thank him enough for being the type of guy that he is, and how he carried himself on and off the field. It’s been a joy having him around the last three years, not only for myself, but for the organization as well, because he’s a first class act.”He came to Wichita prior to the 2009 season. He began his career with Windy City of the Frontier League in 2007, hitting .302 with 53 RBIs. The following season, he hit .290 with 43 RBIs. Windy City won the league pennant both seasons.His first year in Wichita, he hit .310 with three home runs and 43 RBIs. He was moved from second base to shortstop and moved from second in the lineup to leadoff.In 2010, he hit .331 with three home runs and 27 RBIs in 78 games. He finished the season with Camden of the Atlantic League, hitting .244 in 12 games with four RBIs.Last season, he hit .326 in 100 games with 55 RBIs. Horn helped lead Wichita to the playoffs, hitting .250 in four games with three RBis.“I have no regrets,” Horn said. “Baseball has brought me a lot of good things. If I hadn’t played baseball, I never would have come to Wichita, never would have met my wife, and never met some of the great people that I’ve met. Obviously God didn’t have it in the books for me to play affiliated ball or go to the big leagues, but I have nothing to be bitter about. I gave it 120 percent, did the best I could do, and can lay my head down at night and have peace about it.”