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Padres prospect Drew Cumberland forced into retirement

Aug 15, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

Drew Cumberland

A hat-tip to Baseball America for pointing out the Pensacola News Journal story on Drew Cumberland, a Padres prospect whose career is now over because of an inner-ear condition known as bilateral vestibulopathy.

Cumberland was a supplemental first-round pick in 2007.  He hit .350/.385/.505 with seven homers and 21 steals between high-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio last year, and BA named him San Diego’s No. 9 prospect entering this season.

Cumberland, though, went down this spring with vertigo-like symptoms and hadn’t played since.  Suffering from the effects of repeated concussions, he experienced constant headaches and dizzy spells.

“There were times when I thought I was losing my mind,” Cumberland said. “The headaches were coming from so deep in my brain, it was hard to explain to someone. I would talk to (the Padres’) psychiatrist because, honestly, I thought I was going crazy.”

After his diagnosis, Cumberland tried resuming workouts in late June, only to have to shut it down after a few days because he symptoms returned.  As a result, he’s now pursuing a coaching a career at the tender age of 22.

Check out the News Journal article for the full story.

  1. apac6586 - Aug 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Was a huge Thome fan growing up in Ohio and am still a huge fan today. Congrats to one of the classiest guys in MLB history.

    • amr5026 - Aug 16, 2011 at 12:47 AM

      There are two other posts on Thome in the vicinity of this one. Why pick the story on Cumberland to expres your Thome love?

    • bambam08 - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:47 AM

      Wrong topic dude.

      Sorry to hear about this happening to Drew Cumberland.

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