SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CBSNewYork/AP) — Seven-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano says he is retiring from the major leagues after a season in which he was released by the New York Yankees in July.

“I’ve lost the love and passion to play the game,” said Soriano in a radio interview Tuesday in his native Dominican Republic. “Right now, my family is the most important thing.”

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Soriano, 38, completed in 2014 the final year of his $136 million, eight-year contract he signed with the Chicago Cubs before the 2007 season.

He ends his career 50th in baseball history with 412 home runs.

“Although I consider myself in great shape, my mind is not focused on baseball,” said Soriano.

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Soriano was released by the Yankees after playing just 67 games. He was hitting .221 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

The second baseman-turned-outfielder broke into the majors with the Yankees in 1999 and played with them until 2003. He was then re-acquired by general manager Brian Cashman in 2013.

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