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Monday, April 15, 2013

MASN: Showalter on Conor Jackson’s retirement

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.”

Repoz Posted: April 15, 2013 at 05:50 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:01 AM (#4414305)
“I know a little bit more than that, but that’s something that should come from Conor..."

Showalter may not have meant anything with this portion of his remarks, but this probably didn't help Jackson. It's like, "I don't want to say anything that's not my place to say, but suffice it to say that I know stuff that you'd probably find interesting, but which I am simply not going to say."

This is the kind of statement inexperienced politicians or public figures say often (especially in local government, for example) - I presume this is an honest error, rather than a way of giving Jackson a kick on the way out the door...
   2. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM (#4414450)
Yeah, it seemed like a silly thing to say.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM (#4414456)
I presume this is an honest error, rather than a way of giving Jackson a kick on the way out the door...


I presume it's because Buck Showalter is, at his core, an #######, and thus is the reason for most things he says.

Good manager though.

   4. JJ1986 Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:38 AM (#4414459)
My thought on reading that statement is that Jackson is taking a job somewhere, not that there's anything negative being kept a secret.
   5. depletion Posted: April 15, 2013 at 02:46 PM (#4414751)
Jackson was one of the highly ranked prospects not long ago. Had 3 pretty decent years and fell off the table at 27. Did he get injured or was it a case of "not as great as advertised"?
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2013 at 02:50 PM (#4414759)

Jackson was one of the highly ranked prospects not long ago. Had 3 pretty decent years and fell off the table at 27. Did he get injured or was it a case of "not as great as advertised"?


He contracted Valley Fever and lost 35 pounds, which may have had something to do with his sharp decline.
   7. zachtoma Posted: April 16, 2013 at 04:38 AM (#4415407)
Honestly, I've never heard of Valley Fever outside the context of a promising young first baseman contracting it.
   8. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 16, 2013 at 08:02 AM (#4415423)
Someone should check the bags, cuz that's just weird.
   9. depletion Posted: April 16, 2013 at 08:34 AM (#4415442)
Ike Davis ended up with 31 HR last year, so the poor BA was not the whole story. He's doesn't look so hot so far in 2013.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 16, 2013 at 08:48 AM (#4415459)
Valley Fever, as the name suggests, is a very geographically-specific disease. It's a fungal infection of the lungs. I learned about it in my epidemiology classes as "Coccidioidomycosis". Pronounced coccidi-oid-o-mycosis. Learning words like that is one of the highlights of getting a microbiology degree.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 16, 2013 at 09:03 AM (#4415466)
I presume this is an honest error, rather than a way of giving Jackson a kick on the way out the door...


I don't know why you would assume that. I figured Showalter was probably referring to a family matter or other personal situation. There's nothing sinister about saying there were probably other reasons aside from his performance on the field that affected Jackson's decision, but that it's purely Jackson's decision as to whether he wants to discuss it.
   12. GregQ Posted: April 16, 2013 at 09:09 AM (#4415470)
I contracted Valley Fever about 20 years ago at Spring Training. It was like a very bad case of pneumonia. Hard to breath, coughing up guck, no sleep for a week and a fever. I had been going to games in Scottsdale for a decade and just one year everybody that was in my group came down with it.

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