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07:55 AM ET 08.05 | Ask Ben Sheets if he'll ever pitch again, and he's not sure, but at least one service-time factor may be at play. [Sheets] said his flexor-tendon surgery will take place Monday in Dallas with Dr. Keith Meister, and Sheets believes the tendon will be anchored to the bone differently than it was the first time, when it was sutured. Sheets remains uncertain if he will pitch again. "My arm will tell me," he said. Here's one consideration when it comes to a possible comeback: Sheets will have nine years of service time after this season. For the full major-league pension, players need 10 years of service.

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August 5, 2010  08:53 AM ET

I feel bad for this guy. Good guy with solid stuff. He could just never get it together, health wise.

August 5, 2010  10:32 AM ET

Bad timing. He got hurt and missed out on the big pay day contract he had coming. Then he gets back in the league and craps out right before qualifying for pension. Ah well, he's making something like $9M this year, so I can't feel too sorry for him. Most of us will never see $9M in five lifetimes.

August 5, 2010  10:41 AM ET

Most industries don't have pensions...

August 5, 2010  11:29 AM ET

I know that little was expected of Oakland, but they've actually stayed relatively decent, despite a boatload of injuries to key players like Ryan Sweeney, Coco Crisp, Brett Anderson, Andrew Bailey and Sheets. If they had stayed healthy and not been piss poor from June 1st to June 23, a stretch of 6-16 where they went from first to ten games out, they'd be right in the thick of things right now. Not bad for a team expected to finish last in the division.

August 5, 2010  12:04 PM ET

3 sheets to the wind.

August 5, 2010  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Most industries don't have pensions...

I blame George W. Bush!!!

August 5, 2010  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

3 sheets to the wind.

Got to put up more sheets...Ramming speed!

August 5, 2010  12:31 PM ET

Somehow I think he will be OK. He has made roughly 52 million in his career. Pension is tip money for him.

August 5, 2010  03:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Somehow I think he will be OK. He has made roughly 52 million in his career. Pension is tip money for him.

wow look-a-here. another Houstonian in the house.

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August 5, 2010  08:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Most industries don't have pensions...

That would be incorrect. The majority of industries have pensions after 20-25 years. I've know people that spent 20 years working for a grocery store chain and retired with a pension. A small one mind you, but still...

August 5, 2010  09:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Somehow I think he will be OK. He has made roughly 52 million in his career. Pension is tip money for him.

Providing he has a good FA CGA and he's not heavily into BP he should make out okay

August 6, 2010  06:47 AM ET

He has made millions, why be so concerned about a pension. What about our homeless and unemployed. He is one of the many resons why tickets are so xpensive. let him find a real JOB, the hell with him he does not deserve our pity

 
August 6, 2010  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

He has made millions, why be so concerned about a pension. What about our homeless and unemployed. He is one of the many resons why tickets are so xpensive. let him find a real JOB, the hell with him he does not deserve our pity

actually oakland tickets are not that expensive compared to many other ballclubs around the league. and really who reads a caption about a guys carrer possibly being ended over something that was not in his control. who really says the hell with him, about someone tghat may never get to do what he loves again

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