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Unsigned Jermaine Dye opts for retirement

Mar 31, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

Jermaine Dye

FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said he talked to Jermaine Dye today and that the 37-year-old has chosen to retire after sitting out the 2010 season.

Dye had a terrific first half in 2009, but after fading all of the way to .179 after the All-Star break, he failed to attract much interest as a free agent after the season.  Unwilling to settle for a $10 million paycut, he ended up going unsigned last year.  He talked about coming back this year, but again, there wasn’t a lot of interest and he didn’t seem interested in signing a minor league contract.

Now apparently finished, Dye ends a 14-year career with a .274/.338/.488 line, 325 homers and 1,072 RBI.  A two-time All-Star, he had his best season in 2006, when he hit .315/.385/.622 with 44 homers and 120 RBI for the White Sox.  That earned him a fifth-place finish in the AL MVP balloting.  He never topped 35 homers outside of 2006, but he had back-to-back seasons of 119 and 118 RBI for the Royals in 1999 and 2000.

Dye was also the World Series MVP in 2005, going 7-for-16 with a homer and three RBI as the White Sox swept the Astros.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Are we sure ‘retirement’ is the right word?

  2. mntwins91 - Mar 31, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Also see Crede, Joe

    • purdueman - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      Really weird deal with Crede. He signed a minor league deal with the Rockies during the offseason, then just when he was supposed to report to spring training reneged on the deal without so much as a peep. As far as I know though he hasn’t filed his official retirement papers. A real head scratcher, as if his bad back was flaring up again, you would have thought that he would have issued a press release about it rather than just leaving the Rockies hanging the way he did.

  3. purdueman - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    I guess that Jermaine got tired of being camped next to his home phoning for over a year waiting for all those GM’s to meet his demands of a guaranteed major league roster spot, a guarantee of not being a full time DH and a deal worth at least $5M/year, huh?

    Dye wasn’t just bad the second half of his last season (2009), he was putrid! He not only became an automatic out at the plate, but he also became a major liability in the field, with his UTZ rating falling all the way to a -24 (i.e., basically he cost his club 24 runs defensively).

    If the guy truly loved the game, he would have gladly done what Jim Thome did last year, i.e., accept an incentive laden minor league deal and then work hard to make the team and achieve the incentives. Too bad though that Jermaine will now be remembered as the “guy who went out in bitter denial”.

  4. psousa1 - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    File this under ‘Jackass’. Vlad Guerrero sucked it up and he’s going to play another 3 years for somebody.

    • purdueman - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      … or “prima donna lazy ass”.

  5. tcostant - Mar 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Last season when the Nationals released E. Dukes, they offered Dyer $1.5M and he laughed at them. No real point here, other than information.

    • purdueman - Mar 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Yes, only last pathetic and feeble attempt at trying to remain relevant. Now if only the once proud Yankees would start releasing over the hill has beens (Garcia, Colon, etc.), baseball would be a better for it!

  6. klbader - Mar 31, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Saying that Jermaine Dye decided to retire in 2011 is like saying that Walter Mondale decided not to be president in 1985.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 31, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      Nice old school reference, man.

  7. josephlindstrom - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Isn’t strange that terms like “prima donna lazy ass” are always applied to players like Jermaine Dye whilst Jim Thome “loves the game”?

    Hmmm…..What could the difference be? Sure, Jermaine Dye had a bad 2nd half in 2009, but Vlad Guerrero showed a very similar tailspin and got a 3-year deal. Thome was 40 when he had to take an incentive laden deal. Jermaine Dye was 35, and he had not missed more than 20 games in 7 years. Nowhere CLOSE to the risk of signing a Thome. Also, Thome’s contract with the Twins was a major league deal, not minor league.

    Jermaine Dye’s early exit from baseball is just one more in a long, long line of examples showing how racism is rampant in the world of baseball contracts. Nobody has noticed that Orlando Hudson needs to get one-year deals for 4 straight years while Casey Freaking Blake gets 3 years and $17.5 million?

    I feel pretty confident that if Jermaine Dye had been white or Latino he would still be playing in the major leagues. I also feel this way about Gary Sheffield, though to a much lesser degree.

    But hey, at least everybody wears #42 on Jackie Robinson day.

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