Christian Moore releases final farewell message to Tennessee Baseball

Tennessee INF Christian Moore. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

Tennessee infielder Christian Moore leaves behind a historic and memorable legacy as he departs Rocky Top to continue his journey to professional baseball.

To cap it all, Moore led Tennessee to its first national championship and finished his final season at Tennessee as a two-time First Team All-American, two-time Second Team All-American and First Team All-SEC selection. Moore's dominance at the plate and invaluable leadership skills in the locker room helped him have a dominant season and a championship parade through the streets of Knoxville.

On Friday morning, Moore posted a farewell message to Tennessee on social media, addressing his teammates, the program and the fans.

Here was Moore’s message:

“I don't even know where to start. The last three years have changed my life. Thank you to this amazing coaching team who believed in me and gave a chance to a child who should never have been in this situation. Who trusted me to lead a team and allowed me to be myself. I will be forever grateful for all the long conversations, the countless hours of work and, above all, the memories we made together!

To my teammates… you all have seen me grow up a lot over the last few years. Thank you all for taking me under your wing and allowing me to grow up and mature. I wouldn't be the player I am today without all of you. Always remember Chuck T the “hang out guy”. Love you all guys, thanks for all the memories and moments, we will miss them so much ❤️

Vol Nation, you guys are incredible. To the rest of the team, you guys were the heartbeat of this thing. Thank you for always being there for us and cheering us on through the good times and the bad. We are eternally grateful to you all and I will miss you! GB🍊 Forever!”

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Christian Moore takes several individual records into his final season, which also helped the Vols set new team records.

Moore broke Tennessee's single-season record with 34 home runs, surpassing the previous record set by Sonny Cortez with 24 in 1998. Moore also set Tennessee's all-time records for at-bats (296), extra-base hits (55), total bases (236) and games played (tied with Blake Burke, 72). The Brooklyn native also set Tennessee's career record for home runs with 61, 21 more than Luc Lipcius.

Moore's batting prowess as Tennessee's starting batter also contributed to the program's single-team records in wins (60), games (73), home runs (184), doubles (160), RBIs (609), grand slams (12), slugging percentage (.607), extra-base hits (353), runs scored (657) and total bases (1,494).

The 6'1″ infielder began his career at Tennessee in the 2022 season after seeing head coach Tony Vitello's vision for the program and believing he could help it succeed. Moore appeared in 51 games with 29 starts as a freshman this season, posting an impressive .305 batting average with 36 home runs, suggesting a bright future.

Moore had a lot more playing time as a starter for Tennessee in 2023, remaining consistent with a .304 batting average despite having nearly 100 more at-bats this season. However, with Tennessee looking to make a big leap forward in 2024, Moore's play would need to improve rather than remain consistent.

And that's exactly what happened.

In 296 at-bats this year as Tennessee's leadoff hitter, Moore posted a .375 batting average with a program-record 34 home runs. Moore was a menace to opposing pitchers and went all out in the postseason, even recording the sixth cycle in Men's College World Series history.

Moore is now turning his attention to the MLB Draft in June. Jonathan Mayo's recent mock draft for MLB Pipeline has Moore as the 13th best player and the No. 12 pick by the Boston Red Sox. Mayo also notes that the Pirates, with the No. 9 pick, could also be interested in Moore's services.

Christian Moore is one of Tennessee's most successful athletes of all time and will be remembered as a legend in Rocky Top.