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Jermaine Dye Talking Retirement – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 3rd, 2011 by Chalk

Jermaine Dye Talking Retirement
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Free-agent outfielder Jermaine Dye, 37, sat out all of last season because he couldn’t get anyone to give him a contract. Now he says he’s thinking about retirement, but unwilling to accept a minor league deal according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. In 2009 with the Chicago White Sox, Dye hit .250 with 27 home runs and 81 RBI while playing 133 games in right field.

“I would still like to play, but I think my choices have passed and teams have gone with other people,” said Dye. “I will continue to stay in shape and hopefully someone will call. If nothing gets done by the end of the spring, I may call it a career.

Dye says he had talked to the Dodgers earlier this offseason, but they were only interested in extending a minor league deal, and that he was talking to the Devil Rays before they opted to reunite Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon.

There seems to be a lot that Dye doesn’t get about his situation:

  • “All these pitchers get hurt, miss the whole year and get major-league deals. That’s what I don’t get.”
  • “The thing I don’t get is, I’m not even a bad guy. I thought I had a good reputation in baseball.”

Maybe we can help. You’re not a pitcher, and being 37 and having sat out a year hurts a lot. There’ve been plenty of older pitchers who’ve come back and contributed, and there’s this thing called supply and demand. There’s a low supply of good pitchers, so there’s more demand. There’s a high supply of older DH types, so there’s low demand. If you’re really unwilling to take a minor league deal and prove you’ve still got it, the one thing you apparently do get is that you’re probably done. And you’ve had a pretty decent career: 14 seasons, a World Series ring, two-time All-Star, career .274 average, 325 home runs, 1072 RBI.

 
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