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Royals pitching prospect quits baseball

Mar 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

The Royals’ Danny Duffy isn’t necessarily an elite prospect, but he is considered their most advanced minor league starter, has played in the futures game and seems to have a good shot at playing in the majors one day.  That is he did before yesterday, when he quit.

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Duffy left camp on Tuesday night after informing the team that
he was quitting baseball and “reassessing his life priorities.”  Duffy has had an elbow injury this spring and wasn’t slated to start pitching until mid-May. No word if the injury had anything to do with it or if something else is going on.

And really, who knows? If recent history is any guide it could be anything from drugs to anxiety to a desire to join the priesthood to the sincere belief that he can make a career in the movies.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Couldn’t he have, at least, talked Kyle into joining him?

  2. BC - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Could be fungus.
    “Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes.”

  3. Old Gator - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Or maybe he just decided that he’d rather do something else with his life, like see Paris in April before he needs Viagra to enjoy it, or join Ricky Williams on a meditation retreat. Yoga girls are notoriously easy, too, and as a general rule much cleaner than road strange.

  4. ecp - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    The team said yesterday it had nothing to do with the any medical issue or injury:
    http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100324&content_id=8893758&vkey=news_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc

  5. BC - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Yoga girls are incredibly flexible as well, which tends to come in handy now and again…

  6. Jonathan - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    BA says lack of desire to play: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=7949

  7. Andy L - Mar 25, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Love the Caruso joke.

  8. Old Gator - Mar 25, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Big difference between flexibility and torque, BC. But with easy, you always have an extra hour or so on a one-nighter to teach improvement.

  9. Jamie - Mar 25, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Just because you’re good at something doesn’t necessarily mean you enjoy it. If Duffy doesn’t want to ride buses between Omaha and Des Moines all summer, hang out with morons, get booed by drunks and yelled at by coaches, and undergo inevitable reconstructive surgeries, I can’t say that I find fault with his reasoning.

  10. Curious George - Mar 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    “If Duffy doesn’t want to ride buses between Omaha and Des Moines all summer, hang out with morons, get booed by drunks and yelled at by coaches, and undergo inevitable reconstructive surgeries, I can’t say that I find fault with his reasoning.”
    .
    Fair enough, but the timing seems weird. His whole life from the time he was a kid has probably been about baseball and nothing but. You’d think he’d have jumped ship sooner if his interest wasn’t there.

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