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Darren Oliver’s wife gave him permission to play next season

Nov 4, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

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Darren Oliver has been contemplating retirement, but the 41-year-old reliever’s wife has given him permission to play in 2012.

“Darren’s wife has given him her blessing to go wherever he thinks he has the best opportunity to win a ring,” agent Jeff Frye told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. “She wants him to have a chance to go out on top.”

I’d normally make a “that’s what she said” joke now, but it doesn’t really work when that’s actually what she said.

Oliver earned $3.25 million this season and was very effective for the Rangers, tossing 51 innings with a 2.29 ERA and 44/11 K/BB ratio. And since moving to the bullpen full time in 2006 he’s posted ERAs of 3.44, 3.78, 2.88, 2.71, 2.48, and 2.29.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    If the Phillies don’t resign Madson, this could be a cheap, viable option for the Phillies to reinforce their bullpen, especially with doubts about Contreras’ health in 2012.

    • b7p19 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      And he might even be younger than Contreras for all we know.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        Oh, I think this is a fact. I still think Contreras is about 48-50. No joke.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    This guy is like wine… scratches head…

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    I wonder if she gave him his balls back after telling him that :-)

    • Old Gator - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      I hope she had him microchipped in case he wanders off.

      • cowboysoldiertx - Nov 4, 2011 at 7:49 PM

        Gator, you sure you aint a cowboy, son?

      • Old Gator - Nov 5, 2011 at 1:09 AM

        Nope, just a guy with five dogs who reads a lot of Cormac McCarthy. I think horses are primarily useful for dog food and all-purpose contact cement, and spurs for keeping my Vivid Girls in line.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    It was between this or cleaning out the gutters and the garage. Come to Wrigley, Darren!

  5. herrerajesse - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Are You kidding me!????? This guy should at least wear a mask when he robs someone like the Rangers of $3.5 million for doing nothing. He’s a massive fraud. Permission?? Huh? The only outs he records is when his team is out of the game. He never, ever gets anyone out with the outcome of the game on the line. He was terrible when he was 31 and He’s still terrible now. Numbers do lie. What’s his ERA with runners on in the 8th or 9th inning and his team is either tied or ahead? Really, go away Oliver. You must have pictures of Washington and a goat, because nothing can explain why he put you in game 6 of this year’s World Series, where you again FAILED to get a batter out. You walked the bases loaded, and we had a 2 run lead!!! Please take your wife’s blessing and go to Puerto Rico. Good Riddance

    • aaronmoreno - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      Is there supposed to be something for him in Puerto Rico?

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