Should Chavez retire?
Posted on: June 14, 2010 12:02 pm
Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez was supposed to start a rehab assignment today, but it has been pushed back "at least a few days," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. It's unclear when or if Chavez, who has two bulging disks in his neck, will be able to resume playing.
Chavez, who has had back surgery twice and has been limited to 121 games over the past three seasons, said prior to the season that he would probably retire if he suffered another major injury. When he first went on the DL with the neck injury, on May 21, he said he was committed to returning.
If this injury drags on, you have to wonder at what point Chavez will just hang it up. He's only 32, but life after baseball lasts a long time, and playing through a serious neck injury on top of the major back problems he's had is sure to impact his quality of life down the road. He's in the final year of a six-year, $66 million contract and is set for life (actually, a lot of lifetimes). It would be a shame to go out this way after the immense promise he showed when he was young, but it seems that promise is already destined to be unfulfilled.
-- David Andriesen
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