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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, 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 ( 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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Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:31 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

This guy never lived up to the hype because he was never that player that he was made out to be.  To this day, posters on this thread posters are still referring to talent this player never had.

Smart man though.  Smart enough to bluff his way through a 100M+career in MLB.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:41 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Awhiney cry baby.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:53 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball


Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:43 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Well I think it is a wise move for J.D. Drew to retire. While he had a few bright spots for the Red Sox overall he was a major disappointment.  Theo Epstein was in love with him and vastly over paid Drew.  I believe it was a 5-year $70 million contract if my memory serves me right.  While he was an above average defensive right fielder J.D. just couldn't stay healthy to put up above average offensive numbers.  Enjoy your retirement, J.D. you were a class act in Boston and I don't recall hearing you complain which isn't something you can say very often with today's athletes.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:33 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Good-bye D.L. Drew, Nancy Drew, etc, etc.....etc. But seriously, you can't put down his defense in right field. He just seemed to know where the ball was going before it left the bat.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:14 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Thank you JD for not signing with the Phillies.The Northern League needed you more.Don't let the door hit you in the butt.

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:04 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Good riddance JD Drew. Thanks for giving us the Grand slam in the 2007 playoffs and that home run in that 2008 playoff game against Tampa and nothing else. You will not be missed, and i'm glad you're gone. You were an overpaid, overrated bum. And while it's one thing to have hindsight criticism of a bad contract (IE the John Lackey and Carl Crawford signings), this one was ALWAYS bad. Every Sox fan hated this deal from the beginning. I remember when there was a pretty big online petition going around for about a week or so before Drew signed with Boston for the Red Sox not to sign him.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:58 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

JD Drew- UNDERrated??? On what planet?
I'm not a Sox or Phillies fan so it doesnt affect me as much as fans of those teams. That being said, I was always glad he was never on my team because of the ridiculous injury history. You'd literally never know from one day to the next if he would be able to go or not. Plus, the injuries were often of the type that would leave him "day-to-day" and the next thing you know, you look up and he's missed a week. But it wasnt serious enough for him to go on the DL and allow the club to play with a full roster. I wish I knew how many times his home team's radio/TV announcer said, "the club's playing a man down again tonight because Drew still isnt ready to play"

Its a 162 game season and you're bound to get dinged up at some point- EVERY player gets dinged up at some point. But the better players find a way to get themselves on the field on some of the occasions when they arent feeling 100%. I always got the impression that Drew would take a day off for a hangnail.  
Physically GIFTED but not physically TOUGH. Or maybe not mentally tough enough, I dont know.

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:39 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

He should sign a one day contract and retire as a Phillie. Goodbye J.D. Boo!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:29 pm

J.D. Drew likely to retire from baseball

Will anyone notice?  Kind of like if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it.

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