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J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:21 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


After 14 seasons and truckloads of cash, J.D. Drew is likely going to retire, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned. Heyman notes Drew was only going to play if he found the "perfect" spot, and that evidently isn't going to happen.

Drew, 36, did have a very good offensive career. He hit .278/.384/.489, good for a 125 OPS-plus, with 242 homers, 944 runs scored and 273 doubles. He finished sixth in MVP voting in 2004 -- his lone season with the Braves -- and was an All-Star in 2008. His career 45.9 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is really good as well. He also won a World Series ring with the 2007 Red Sox.

On the other hand, many seem to scoff when hearing Drew's name and immediately think "overrated." That's because, in some ways, Drew's career could be considered disappointing. He entered the league as the top prospect in baseball, one of the most heavily hyped in the past 20 years. His agent, Scott Boras, continually got him paid like a megastar as well, as Drew accumulated $108,091,688 (Baseball-Reference.com) in his 14-year career. That's an average of roughly $7.72 million per season, which is pretty tough to do in the MLB system.

In addition to the hefty salary, Drew's inability to stay completely healthy contributed to the stigma that he was overrated. He never appeared in more than 146 games in a season and averaged just 470 plate appearances per campaign from 1999-2011.

This all led to Drew being one of the most polarizing players in baseball. He could have been one of the greats, but instead he's largely viewed as an overpaid, injury-prone slugger with great rate stats.

I would expect Drew to be on the Hall of Fame ballot five years from now -- I mean, Bill Mueller, Brad Radke, Phil Nevin and Tony Womack were on the ballot this year -- but just that one time, as he'll surely get less than five percent of the vote.

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Comments

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:47 pm
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

i thought he had already retired - about 5 years ago and was writing children's novels under his birth name - NANCY DREW.  this guy sucked. this signing would go down as one of theo's worst FA signings, except theo has so many others to pick from!!!!






Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:37 pm
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

comment from a lowlifer



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:12 pm
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

F*ck jd drew and the horse he rode in on!



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:27 am
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

I bid you farewell, self proclaimed "best player ever" ( the Eric Lindros of baseball )  Salute




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:08 am
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

let's not forget the year he sat out because he didn't wanna play for the phils.  as a phils fan i'm glad that didn't pan out 'cause he was an overrated crumb!  hasta luego chump!  no one is going to miss you, i'm pretty sure of that



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:52 am
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

So long JD you gravy trained your truckloads and paved the way for spoiled brats everywhere to demand Mickey Mantle $ for Rick Monday production.  MLB won`t miss ya JD you moody, demanding & DL fixture.  The "perfect spot" AKA Red Sawx clubhouse during games...like some team is gonna overpay for a broken down, part time, often injured attitude???  I`m sure you`ll do many good things for those in need with your $108,091,688 as you sail off into retirement at 36.  You were terrible JD Drew---SO LONG!!!!  



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:19 am
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Take care Bud.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:39 am
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Like yaa....I would say very disapointing considering he had alot more talent and just let it flop out like a loser.




Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:12 am
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Now he can carry Stephen Drews bat bag.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:10 pm
 

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

JD Drew was a cancer. He is memorable for making a team waste a draft pick because he was too arrogant to sign. As a Yankee fan I loved playing against jd because he was always good for a strikeout or a costly error. Good riddance to a guy who had tons of talent but did not have the heart of a champion. Give me Brett Gardner any day.


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