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Jermaine Dye doesn't think he'll be playing baseball this summer

May 5, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

Jermaine Dye headshot.jpgHe didn’t say anything along those lines, but a little bird told me that Jermaine Dye is angling for an invite to the American Century Celebrity Golf
Championship
* that will be held in Lake Tahoe in
mid-July. Or, as we call it around these parts “baseball season.”
That suggests that Dye isn’t exactly confident that he’ll find work in the majors any time soon.

 
But it does kind of jibe with what many commenters and people who know a bit about Dye have said recently: contrary to what many have said (myself included) the guy isn’t pulling some diva routine with his contract demands. He’s simply enjoying his life away from baseball and may decide not to come back due to the lure of family and and relaxation and the many millions he already has in the bank.  Which I can respect.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that he’ll get an invite to the tournament, and even if he does he could cancel if he were
he to be signed by
a team [cough!] Mariners [cough!]. But it does appear as though he’s setting up his life with a post-baseball mindset.

*Full disclosure: NBC Sports is
a major sponsor and is the broadcaster of the tournament. Additional
disclosure: I can’t golf, but I’m telling everyone at NBC that I can and I want to go because my birthday falls during the tourney this year and I hear they give great birthday specials at the Lakeside Inn buffet in Stateline, NV.

  1. Palehose67 - May 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    I find it a little odd to see Dye’s baseball career fade away like this, but considering his second half of last season, I suppose it isn’t completely surprising. As a White Sox fan I will always appreciate the class he demonstrated on and off the field, not to mention that little thing known as the 2005 World Series trophy that he helped bring (in a huge way!) to Chicago. I dort of wish he would find a new team. I would then like to give him a standing ovation when he returned to the South Side of Chicago. Oh, and happy birthday to you in July, Craig, in case I forget (and I will).

  2. Gambler - May 5, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Is there something I don’t know about the Lakeside buffet? and here I thought the best draw was the $9 prime rib dinner.

  3. IdahoMariner - May 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    why would you want to do that to us, Craig? Or to him?
    1) we aren’t going to pay him what he wants
    2) um, we don’t need any more underperforming guys who are only there for their bat, with no hope for helping in the outfield.
    3) golfing > fading away

  4. Rick - May 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    I would think Dye would be a good fit for Oakland, who just brought back JacK Cust, for a 25 homer guy, despite his constant striking out. Dye has to be a better outfielder and usually will hit more bombs and be more productive overally. Why not give him a shot?
    The talk was about the Nat’s at first. He should look their again. I know its East Coast, but they are playing well.
    I just don’t like seeing him go out like this. He deserves to play for someone… Man, if the Yanks keep getting injuries, maybe he could fit in there and get another ring.

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