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Agent says David Eckstein is not officially retired

Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported yesterday that David Eckstein “has decided to retire, even though there were teams willing to bring him into camp.”

That quickly made the rounds, with several other prominent reporters congratulating him on retirement, but Eckstein’s agent says the 37-year-old infielder hasn’t actually retired. Not yet, at least.

“If the right opportunity arises he will play,” agent Ryan Gleichowski told Ken Rosenthal of

Of course, Eckstein didn’t play last season despite reportedly getting at least one big-league offer from the Mariners, and hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2008. In other words, even if he hasn’t decided to call it quits that “right opportunity” is unlikely to present itself.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Cherington just announced that the Red Sox have signed him to a 4 year, $50MM contract. Cherrington followed the announcement by exclaiming, “Yuss!” with several fist pumps.

  2. sknut - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    When no one is knocking down your door and your 37 you are ‘de facto’ retired. Only thing left is the paperwork.

  3. 78mu - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    He’s waiting to hear from his friends in the BBWAA. If enough say they will give him a vote because they liked him he’ll go ahead and announce his retirement and hope those writers don’t talk among themselves.

    Then in 5 years he’s making a speech at his induction to Cooperstown while Bagwell and Raines still have to buy a ticket.

  4. b7p19 - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    I know this isn’t how you meant it, but I’m sure Eck is already in the Hall. Anyone that has won a World Series MVP must have mention somewhere in the museum right? It’s more than obvious that he won’t have a bust, but I vote we start a “scrappy” wing for the Hall. One of these years we may even break the “scrappy” color barrier.

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    My slow-pitch team could use a little more grittiness and scrap…any idea what kind of money he’s looking for to come back? I think if we all pitch in, we can probably guarantee him a case of PBR after every game?!

  6. crisisjunky - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    O course the agent said that, 10% of nada is nada.
    He had a nice career, but I’m sure in his heart, Eck knows he’s done.

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