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Conor Jackson retires from baseball at age 30

Apr 14, 2013, 3:49 PM EST

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Conor Jackson was the 19th overall pick in 2003, soared through the Diamondbacks’ farm system, and posted a promising .292/.371/.451 batting line in 414 major league games between the 2006 and 2008 seasons. But he came down with Valley Fever in early 2009, never completely recovered, and has now officially announced his retirement from baseball at the age of 31 according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.

Jackson signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this spring but he failed to crack their Opening Day roster and was sporting a weak .200/.333/.240 slash line through 30 plate appearances at Triple-A Norfolk.

Jackson, who turns 31 years old next month, will finish up with 591 career major league hits.

  1. rbj1 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Dang, feel sorry for him.

    OT: Buchholz through 7 has given up 4 walks and nothing else.

  2. paperlions - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    This has to scare the crap out of Ike Davis.

    • dondada10 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      It’s encouraging that Ike has shown power since returning from Valley Fever (32 homers last season).

      Jackson ended up having 8 homers in about 600 at-bats after he was diagnosed.

      • thebadguyswon - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        Yeah…Jackson never had Ike’s power. He was always a doubles guy that scouts thought would develop power. I remember one time in a roto league in 2005 being so hyped up about Jackson that I traded Ryan Howard for him, straight up. Oof.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      I think he just sux, why is Valley Fever getting the blame?

  3. melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Im always curious about a players career earnings. Would be a good addition to the post.

    • rbj1 - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Baseball-reference.com is your friend:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jacksco01.shtml

      Career earnings of $10,489,500

      Hope he banked a few million.

      • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        That’s not counting his $1.5M signing bonus.

        http://www.angelfire.com/vt/prospectwatch/index135.html

  4. melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Love baseball and basketball reference. By age 30 he made $10.5 million. Not bad.

  5. tpig42 - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Stinks. He had a lot of talent.

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  6. pappageorgio - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Valley fever is a miserable SOB for sure

  7. azvikefan - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I live in that Valley. Thankfully no friends or family have ever gotten valley fever. I did lose a dog to it though. I’ve about had it with Phoenix anyway. It was great 43 yrs ago but too much pollution, traffic, the pollen kills me very year.

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