Rear Admiral Upper Half ‘A.J.’ Showalter on Conor Jackson’s retirement.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter found out about first baseman/outfielder Conor Jackson’s retirement today during a text exchange with Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson.
“He loved being with the organization and all that, but he’s at the stage of his life where it wasn’t something he wanted to continue to do,” Showalter said. “I know a little bit more than that, but that’s something that should come from Conor. He’s just at the stage of his life where he wanted to move on and I respect him for it. It’s tough.
“I just wanted to know whether there was something he was unhappy about. It wasn’t at all. He had been thinking about it for a little while and just didn’t enjoy going to the park like he used to. I don’t think it had anything to do with Norfolk.”
Jackson, 30, nearly made the club out of spring training, which added another element of surprise to his retirement.
“He gave a great effort and really competed this spring,” Showalter said. “He made it down to the last cut. He should be very proud of that. Part of me hates to see him go, but I want him to be happy, too.
“He’s got a lot of things going for him. He’s a smart, well-educated guy who can do other things in his life than play in Norfolk, and I respect that.”
Posted: April 15, 2013 at 04:50 AM | 12 comment(s)
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