"As I close out this wonderful chapter in my life and step away from my days on the field, I know that my role in this game is only just getting started," Granderson said in a statement Friday. "I look forward to continuing my work helping to diversify the sport, paving the way for young kids to learn and grow."
Granderson spent the prime of his MLB career between the New York Yankees, Mets and Tigers. The three-time All-Star selection had a .249 career batting average with 344 home runs and 937 RBIs.
Granderson's best season came in 2011, when he recorded career highs of 119 RBIs and 136 runs scored for the Yankees. During that season, he was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award and finished fourth in MVP voting.
In his 16-year career, Granderson reached the World Series in 2006 with the Tigers and 2015 with the Mets but never won a championship.