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Darren Oliver is leaning toward retirement

Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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Some baseball players go out on top. Some baseball players stay in the game until they’re in their 40s.  Very few do both. Darren Oliver seems poised to, however, as Jon Heyman reports that Oliver is leaning toward retirement. This despite the fact that, just yesterday, the Blue Jays exercised his $3 million option.

He certainly has stuff left in the tank. After seemingly petering out as a starter eight years ago, he came back in 2006 as a lefty relief specialist and has been fantastic in the role for the Mets, Angels, Rangers and Jays. This year he posted a 2.06 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 52/15 K/BB ratio in 56 and two-thirds innings and he’s had an ERA under 3.00 for five straight years.

As he said a month ago, however, baseball isn’t everything, and at age 42, he’s ready for more time with his family. He’s earned it. A really nice career. A damn fine one, in fact.

  1. cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Of the guys I could count on coming out of the pen it was Delabar, Janssen, and Oliver. Now it looks like no more Oliver. Too bad for My Boys. He was The Man. Happy Trails &thanks for a great job in 2012 Darren Oliver, if he really is calling it quits. There’s one hell of a career in coaching ahead of him if he decides to go that route.

  2. koufaxmitzvah - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Darren’s day, Al, had a hefty ’82 season APBA card.

    • blacksables - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Darren’s dad is Bob Oliver, first star of the Kansas City Royals.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        Okay. So is Al his uncle?

      • blacksables - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        No relation.

  3. stex52 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    What a dream scenario. To go out on top because you choose to. We should all manage our lives so well. Part of me wishes he would still play because he can. The other part says, “Good job, dude. You’re living the dream.”

  4. proudlycanadian - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    By picking up his option, the Jays protected themselves in case Oliver did not retire. During the second half of the season, he indicated that he was contemplating retirement because he wanted to spend more time with his children.

  5. jaysjunkie - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Too bad if it happens…I thought with the news yesterday that he’d be back. I said it on here sometime back in the summer, but I still don’t get why Anthopolous didn’t make a trade involving him before the deadline, considering his age, the fact the Jays weren’t going anywhere, and how good Oliver was. Surely, some desperate team in the post-season hunt could have used his effective services (even if it was just short-term), which I would have figured could get the Jays something pretty decent in return.

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