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No seriously, Billy Wagner is not coming back

Feb 12, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

Billy Wagner

Yesterday I tweeted, mostly jokingly, that Billy Wagner was still on the Braves 40-man roster. Many others have continued to notice the same thing, fueling rumors that the left-hander isn’t ready to retire.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution did his best to dispel that notion last night, writing that there has been no indication from anyone involved that Wagner has wavered from retirement and is quietly gearing up for spring training. His retirement isn’t official yet, but Wagner’s agent has told Braves general manager Frank Wren on multiple occasions this offseason that his retirement paperwork will be filed.

Well, what the heck has taken so long? Who knows. Buster Olney of wonders if perhaps Wagner has held back on his final decision just in case he gets the impulse to pitch again as spring training nears. Plausible, I guess, but the Braves are confident that Wagner’s fantastic career is over.

  1. schmedley69 - Feb 12, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Don’t be surprised if he does come back. I predicted that he was just blowing smoke when he announced his retirement in the first place.

  2. gravytrain56 - Feb 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

  3. xmatt0926x - Feb 13, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Billy tries to come off like just another good ol’ boy but dont buy the act. He loves attention, loves the cameras, and it wouldn’t shock me at all if he did the dramatic unretirement. The braves got the older and somewhat more mature Wagner so Braves fans might believe the schtick, but fans of the other 3 teams he played for know better. He’s the ultimate clubhouse politician, taking shots at teammates, playing to the media. He’s Curt Schilling lite. Dont be shocked if he makes a dramatic re-entrance at some point. Maybe even late in the season.

    • schmedley69 - Feb 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      You said it perfectly. When I first heard that he was retiring, I smelled B.S. Old Billy is famous for talking out of both sides of his mouth. The guy is full of it and I don’t believe a word that he says.

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