Alex Avila will retire after the season, the catcher said before the Washington Nationals played the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

The 34-year-old, an All-Star in 2011, is the son of Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila. He has played in the Major Leagues for parts of 13 seasons, and is hitting .179 with seven RBIs this year.

Avila said he expects to continue in baseball next season in a non-playing role.