Chris Singleton at Awaken Church (copy)

Chris Singleton has taken a community relations role with the Charleston RiverDogs, two weeks after announcing his retirement from playing baseball. Here, he's speaking at Awaken Church on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Singleton, the son of Emanuel AME shooting victim Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, has had more than 50 speaking appearances over the last two years. Provided/Stephen Barrington/Awaken Church.

Chris Singleton's baseball career is over, but the son of a victim in Charleston's 2015 church shooting says his work to impact lives will go on.

Singleton, a former Charleston Southern and Goose Creek High School standout drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 19th round in 2017, announced Saturday on Twitter that he's been released by the Cubs.

"Today is my last day being a professional baseball player," Singleton said in his Twitter post. "I got released by the Cubs today."

Chris Singleton cubs

Chris Singleton 

Singleton, an outfielder, batted .222 with six homers and 44 runs batted in through 146 games across two seasons in the Cubs' minor league organization.

"(The Cubs) have been amazing giving me this opportunity," said Singleton. "And I am so grateful for them and the things they've done. They've been a class A organization and have been amazing."

Singleton, whose mother Shardona Coleman-Singleton was one of nine killed at Charleston's Emanuel AME church in 2015, said his work to spread his message of "Love is stronger than hate" will continue.

He plans to focus on speaking engagements and plans to write a book.

"I want to let you know my impact does not stop on the field," he said. "A lot of times we get caught up as athletes and that's all we are. I've been blessed and I'm not just a ballplayer, I'm much more than that.

"So although it's going to be tough not to pick up a bat and swing it anymore, I know God has great things in store for my life."

Singleton recently married his fiancee, Mariana De Andrade, and they have a son named CJ. 

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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