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March 31, 2011
Jermaine Dye, the former All-Star outfielder who remained on the sidelines last season when he did not receive any contract offers to his liking, has formally decided to call it quits, according to a published report.
“It’s time to start my second life,” Dye said in the report by FOXSports.com.
Dye’s last active season was 2009, when he batted .250 in 141 games with the Chicago White Sox, with 27 homers and 81 RBIs. But those overall respectable numbers were diluted in the eyes of possible suitors by a second-half swoon in which he hit only .179.
“It’s unfortunate the way it ended,” Dye said. “But I went out on my terms. I guess I could have signed a Minor League deal. But I didn’t get any offers this year. With the last year I had, I’m happy. I’m at peace with it.”
The Dodgers were known to have interest in Dye in the most recent offseason, but wouldn’t offer him more than the split contract, for a $1 million Major League salary, they eventually gave to another outfielder, Marcus Thames.
Dye, who turned 37 in January, closes the book on a 14-season career that produced 325 home runs and 1,072 RBIs along with a lifetime average of .274. He also won a World Series Most Valuable Player Award with the White Sox in 2005.
Thanks for all your contributions Jermaine and wishing you good luck going forward.
October 4, 2010
Let’s start with the four World Series heroes, and their chances of coming back:
Paul Konerko: 50 percent
A.J. Pierzynski: 40 percent
Bobby Jenks: 1 percent
Freddy Garcia: 25 percent
I’d go with those numbers too. More predictions at the link.
August 31, 2010
Twenty times this year Paul Konerko has filled the DH spot and seven times he has taken a day off. In all 27 instances Mark Kotsay took his place at first base. In an additional 47 games Kotsay himself has served as the DH. This has been nothing but a detriment to the team. Kotsay is no longer a good hitter, and really hasn’t been one since 2004. He has a mere .304 wOBA this year after a .309 mark last year, and he hasn’t crossed the .320 mark since 2005. There was no reason to think he’d approach average production for a DH. Yet he has been their primary guy in that spot. It seems like it could have gone to a more worthy player. …
May 2, 2010
One of his suggestions to improve the Sox offense:
Vernon Wells, Blue Jays: The Sox already got Alex Rios from Toronto, so how about adding Wells as well?The Blue Jays aren’t drawing flies at Rogers Centre, and Wells has a nightmarish contract – $12.5 million this season, $23 million next year, $21 million in 2013 and $21 million in 2014.
Wells has an opt-out clause after next season, but why would he walk away from all of that money?
Other suggestions are Carl Crawford, Raul Ibanez, Daniel Murphy, Chris Iannetta and Jermaine Dye. Where’s Carl Everett Scot?
May 1, 2010
Here’s Ozzie Guillen:
“J.P.’s a big key for us but right now he’s trying to do too much.”
How about he can’t do it?
“Hopefully, this (not leading off) helps him for a couple of days. But if we’re going to have the best team on the field, J.P has to be the leadoff (hitter) and I expect that pretty soon.”
Pretty soon? Damn.
Guillen said he “didn’t see any room” for former slugger Jermaine Dye on the Sox’s roster.
March 26, 2010
From Merkin’s mailbag:
I know this comment sounds strange, considering Flowers is pegged as the organization’s catcher of the future. But in my humble estimation, you have to keep Pierzynski for another couple of years. I really think he’s as valuable as any player on the team, in terms of all the intangibles he brings to the equation. He calls a good game, is one of the game’s better catchers on offense and possesses the sort of strident leadership you need in a winning clubhouse.
Ozzie Guillen is more or less immune from heat over his antics, his tweeting and his tendency to shoot off at the mouth from time to time, but he could be under some pressure this year all the same. Why? Because this seems more like the team he wanted than the team Kenny Williams wanted. Back at the Winter Meetings Ozzie was adamant that he not be tied down with a dedicated DH. Williams listened, passed on bringing back Thome or Dye and now there’s a decent chance that Mark Kotsay and Omar Vizquel will be getting at bats from the DH slot. Juan Pierre was clearly a Guillen priority. He’s moving Gordon Beckam to second base just as he was getting used to third (and after being drafted as a shortstop). I don’t think Ozzie’s job is in jeopardy or anything, but if the team doesn’t produce, Guillen is probably due a lot of the heat for it. How he reacts to the heat could put his job in jeopardy of course, because anything is possible with Ozzie. …
March 15, 2010
4. What does the future hold for Gordon Beckham?
Good things – and lots of them. His performance with the Sox last year showed that the team was right to draft him with their No. 1 pick in 2008, and then move him out of the minors after only 59 games. The kid looks like the real deal and should have a terrific future in front of him.
… For a clearer picture what’s in store for him, I did a little digging for comps. Last year, the 22-year-old Beckham posted a 107 OPS+. So, I went to Baseball-Reference.com’s excellent Play Index and did a search for seasons by: 1) 22-year-olds since 1900, who 2) played an infield defensive position (short, third, or second), 3) posted an OPS+ between 97 and 117, and 4) either qualified for a batting title or had 400 PA.
Fifty-three names popped up. Two were in 2009 (Beckham himself and Everth Cabrera) – leaving the remaining 51 to serve as forecasting tools for Beckham. (I know B-ref has easily available sim scores, but I don’t really trust them because of the differences of era and park. Besides, I think it matters to account for defensive position.) I then dug into their careers to get an idea what the short- and long-term future could be for him (they’re all listed in references and resources at the end of this column if your curious). …
February 27, 2010
”I’m shocked,” Dye told the Sun-Times. ”I really am in disbelief, but what can I do?”
… ”I still feel like I’m a productive player and feel like I can contribute, but teams want me as a backup player, and that’s something I’m not ready to do,” Dye said. ”I feel undervalued, basically. I don’t think I have to go out there and prove anything to anyone. My numbers the last five or six years show I can help someone.”
… ”There’s nothing close,” Dye said. ”Still a few teams calling, couple teams made offers, but nothing really worth it. Anaheim made an offer, but they could only offer me 200-250 at-bats. Toronto made an offer; they wanted me to play right field every day, but the money was ridiculous.”
… ”I want to play every day,” Dye said. ”Cleveland was interested but never made an offer. Tampa was supposed to call, and we’re still trying to work that out. There have been offers, but like I said, nothing worth it.”
February 23, 2010
KW [Kenny Williams] might still be after another LH bat. He’s not sure if he’s got enough “thump” in lineup. ” If JD [Jermaine Dye] was lefty, he’d be here.”
”We can create more runs,” Guillen said. ”In the past, yeah, we could score 10, but all of a sudden, when we need to score one, we can’t. That’s why our philosophy changed.
”We have a bunch of guys in the lineup who can hit 20-plus home runs. I would rather have 10 guys hit 20 home runs than have one guy hit 50. How many times did we have men on second base and we couldn’t score a run when we needed it? If everybody contributes — not have a super year, but have the year they are supposed to have — then this ballclub should be fine offensively.”
No doubt, Guillen believes that. But Williams seems to prefer a big bopper in the middle of the lineup.
UPDATE: Daily Herald graphic inside: (more…)
February 21, 2010
“I am shocked that Jermaine Dye is still out there,” Williams said. “I thought about [bringing him back]. But our biggest need would be a left-handed bat, in my opinion. That doesn’t fit or is consistent with what Ozzie wants to do. I did think about it, and Ozzie would be in a position where he would have to play him.”
February 18, 2010
What has become public is Damon’s round of golf with Pierzynski on Monday at a charity golf tournament in Florida. Hawk Harrelson was also there. Because of wrist problems, Hawk didn’t play, but rode along for nine holes. Speaking with the Sox broadcaster by phone on Thursday, Harrelson said he made his own sales pitch to Damon.
“I told Johnny that we’re going to win the division whether he’s with Detroit or not. And when I left after nine holes, I looked at him and said, ‘I’ll see you at Camelback Ranch’(the White Sox spring training facility). He smiled back and said, ‘I hear what you’re saying.’” …
… Damon is two months older than Dye, but as Harrelson put it, “It’s a good thing Johnny can play baseball, because he can’t play golf.”
Garfein also says that Atlanta’s 1-year offer to Damon is similar to the one by the Sox and Chipper Jones is the Atlanta’s recruiter.
February 12, 2010
On the day that Frank Thomas announced his retirement from baseball, he almost overshadowed himself by disclosing the stunning news of another former White Sox player who might retire right behind him.
Thomas spent time with Dye last week in Las Vegas, and during our interview following his retirement press conference, Thomas revealed to Comcast SportsNet that Dye is “pretty sad” about still being unsigned, and said Jermaine is prepared to retire if the right opportunity doesn’t present itself. …
There’s a video (8:09) of Frank’s interview in the same link.