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Jason Kipnis leaving Cleveland, pens farewell: 'Forever grateful, forever part of the Tribe!'

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis
Posted at 1:23 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 13:23:21-05

CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis took to Instagram Wednesday afternoon to pen a heartfelt farewell to Cleveland and the Indians where he called home since joining the team in 2009 as a second-round draft pick.

"Cleveland, I'll keep it short...Thank you. For taking a chance on me as an organization and as a fan base," Kipnis wrote. "You guys joined me on this ride to get this great org back to where it belonged, at the top competing for a WS every year!"

According to ESPN, Kipnis is taking a Minor League contract with the Chicago Cubs with an invitation to Major League camp for spring training.

Kipnis has spent his entire professional career in Cleveland. The two-time All-Star player ended his run with the Indians last season when he fractured his hand.

"I’ll always cherish my time in Cleveland and always tried to show you how much I loved wearing that jersey by the way I played for you! Forever grateful, forever part of the Tribe! Thank you Cleveland," Kipnis said.

You can read the entirety of Kipnis' goodbye to Cleveland below:

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