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Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

Posted on: September 3, 2011 11:13 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 11:15 pm

By Evan Brunell

Torii Hunter, right fielder for the Angels, is considering retiring after the 2012 season, he tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Hunter would prefer to retire an Angel but would also consider Minnesota.

''I am going to retire an Angel," Hunter said. ''Next year is my last year, and I'm going to retire an Angel. I'm going to evaluate it this offseason. That's when I'll know. It's 60-40, to the positive, that I'll keep playing."

Earlier this season, Hunter was mired in a bad slump after injuring his quad. That contributed to his .250/.321/.396 in the first half. Since the break, Hunter is slashing .281/.353/.474, which has caused him to reconsider the stance, although the possibility remains very much in play.

''I feel good now, but I was hurt the first two months, and I was just evaluating everything, like, man, I can't move," he said. ''And then it just went away, and now I feel good, so now I'm on the positive side again. 'You don't want to see your skills diminish. You don't want to linger.

"'So if I sign an extension, they'll get first dibs. I want to retire an Angel. If I can't, then why not Minnesota?"

Hunter went on to address his contract situation with Minnesota, saying he feels like it is in a similar position currently with Michael Cuddyer. Hunter, who signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Angels, said he would have accepted a four- or five-year deal, while Smith would only offer three. Smith has offered Cuddyer a contract extension for two years, which he could double in free agency.

And then Hunter's guns came out, delivering harsh words for GM Bill Smith:

Hunter said the Twins made an offer to him ''just to show people that I turned it down, to make me look bad. Same thing here. Cuddyer is going to make less, as a free agent? I told him before, 'They'll make an offer and people will say, 'You turned down the money, you could have stayed, you're money-hungry.' "

Hunter described Smith as cold.

''He had no heart, no compassion, no nothing," Hunter said. ''Because he wasn't the one who brought me in. [Former GM] Terry Ryan brought me in. Terry Ryan was my dad, my guy. When Bill Smith took over and we had a conversation, I wasn't feeling it. There was no chemistry, nothing between us. It was like I had never played with the Twins."

Noting that the Angels traded for Mark Teixeira during a pennant race in 2008, Hunter said: ''Sometimes I think they have that small mind over there, in that organization. I just feel they never went and got that big piece. Shannon Stewart worked out just fine for us [in 2003], he helped us out a lot, but getting Teixeira, that's big."

Well, if Hunter thought Minnesota was an option if he didn't stay in Los Angeles, I don't think it's one anymore.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:20 pm

Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

I don't believe that for a minute.As long as multi-million$ contracts are being passed out like dog bisquits at the bank, Hunter will keep getting paid.He's making 18.5M this season alone.Between Hunter, Wells,&  the and Abreu the Angels have a 53M$ outfield.Who knew they were that good?Hunter will turn 37 during next season.After that he will be in demand for some AL team,as a DH, until he's 40.Maybe the Twins will want him back.They like to over-pay players who are hurt or nearing the end of July.Guys like Pavano-8M,Capps-7M,mighty Joe Mauer & his 2 HR-23M,Morneau-15M.That doesn't leave much to pay their best hitter, Kubel-5M, the 12M he deserves.
By the end of '12, there should be plenty of money to over-pay Hunter.Something like 2 years at 12M/year, depending how he does next year.If he can hit .280 w/25HR,85RBI's, there is no way Tori Hunter will retire.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:13 am

Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

   As the Jays edge closer to the playoffs, we need the Twins to develop another all-star player that we can borrow for a World Series trophy. Its happened twice before and I don't want to brake the string of good fortune. I don't think Michael Cuddyer is the guy right now, but then, I believe the Jays are two years away from a World series appearence anyway. So please, hold on to your stars one more year and we'll take the best you have the year after that. What I wouldn't give to see Joe and Justin in Jays uniforms kickin' the crap out of the yanks and sox. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

   I would make a deal with Twins management (if Smith wasn't such a douche), that we would trade our guys to you, and you trade yours to us, whoever has the best shot come playoff time in two years. DEAL!

   Ofcourse this wouldn't work if neither team made the playoffs, wich I believe is not possible. Its in the cards. Smith you gotta go! How about to the Yanks or the Sox? Please?

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:59 pm

Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

You know nothing about baseball.

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:22 pm

Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

Based on recent Hunter performance, looks like Smith was smart in only offering 3 years.  Oh I see, he only gives 60%.

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:18 pm

Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

"Many have thought that Hunter had retired from baseball long before he joined the Angels."

Based on that lame running from second to third during a passed ball, ending up easily out when finally sliding into third after a slowmo trot, I'd have to completely agree.  LAA should move him from right field right to the end of the bench.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:04 pm

Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

Many have thought that Hunter had retired from baseball long before he joined the Angels. The guy's stats were not much better than Vernon Wells and a few other big name outfielders the team signed to massive contracts and yet received little in production. He should sign with the Twins for one day and retire! His best years and productive years (great stats and actually making the playoffs) were with the Twins.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:21 pm

Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

    Yes, sadly agree with all of you, Torii Hunter was missed in the Twin Cities. Smith should be fired, but he wont. Too much of the years payroll is being spent on one guy! Hunters' chance of retiring a Twin will never happen. I must admit that forever I saw Torii in a Twins uniform, even when patroling the Angels outfield. Baseball, and all it used to stand for, loyalty, heart, trust, drive, passion, sadly does not mix with the bussiness side, and since cash is king with owners, players, or both, the fan and the game suffer!

    I wish Torii all the best as he winds down his career, now and after his playing days are over. Myself being a Jays fan, I know some of the frustration the fans in Minni-St Paul must be feeling with management, we had the same situation here before. So keep calling for Smith to go, and eventually the owners will listen. Cool

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:18 pm

Hunter may retire after 2012; blasts Twins' Smith

Twins should fire Bill Smith and bring in someone who knows how to run a baseball team.  Torii Hunter can then come back to Minnesota and be the DH for a couple more years and give the fans what they deserve. 

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