Charleston Shootings

Son of Charleston church shooting victim ends pro baseball career after Cubs cut him

Chris Singleton, whose mother was killed in the Charleston church shooting in 2015, retired from professional baseball.
Chris Singleton, whose mother was killed in the Charleston church shooting in 2015, retired from professional baseball. tglantz@thestate.com

One journey is over for Chris Singleton, whose mother was killed in the 2015 Charleston church shooting.

The South Carolina native was released by the Chicago Cubs organization Saturday, and he said it was his last day as a professional baseball player, in a video Singleton shared on Twitter.

But Singleton, who has remained positive since his mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was shot and killed at Mother Emanuel AME church, tweeted he is embarking on a new journey — “to spread love across this country and the world.”

“I want to let you know my impact does not stop on the field,” Singleton said in the video. “A lot times we get caught up as athletes and we think that’s all we are. I’ve been blessed and I’m not just a ballplayer, I’m much more than that.”

Singleton, who was married on live TV, is a motivational speaker, WCIV reported.

The day after his mother and eight other parishioners were killed by Dylann Roof, who pleaded guilty, Singleton addressed the media, The State reported.

“I just say love is always stronger than hate,” Singleton said, according to The State. “If we just love the way my mom would, then the hate won’t be nearly as strong as the love is.”

He continues to use the phrase “love is stronger than hate,” which is on his Twitter page, along with a picture of him speaking — not wearing a baseball glove or swinging a bat.

While Singleton said in the video it will “be tough not to pick up a bat and swing it anymore,” he was very appreciative of the Cubs for giving him the opportunity to play professional baseball.

“I am so grateful for (the Cubs) and the things they’ve done,” said Singleton, who was picked by the Cubs in the 19th round of Major League Baseball’s 2017 draft, The State reported.

The 22-year-old center fielder played for the Cubs Class A affiliate in South bend in 2018, batting .223 with four home runs and 28 RBIs, according to milb.com.

Prior to being drafted, Singleton played at Goose Creek High School and Charleston Southern University, the college’s website said.

“I know God has great things in store for my life,” Singleton said in the video, and his tweet included the hashtags “#CantLetMomsDown” and “#Inspire.”

South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook talks about what Charleston Southern outfielder Chris Singleton has meant to the state's healing from the Emanuel 9 church shootings in 2015 in Charleston. Singleton's mother was among the nine killed.

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