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07:29 AM ET 08.09 | Eric Chavez is still at home with his family, contemplating his future as he tries to recover from two bulging disks in his neck. The six-time Gold Glove third baseman said in an e-mail to The San Francisco Chronicle that he is considering ending his career.

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August 9, 2010  08:38 AM ET

I thought this guy retired 6 years ago.

August 9, 2010  09:41 AM ET
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The Oakland GM is one of the most over-rated gm's that ever was....What exactly did he accomplish except making a small revenue team mediocre, with a few fringe, early exit playoff runs?He should've been fired long ago

I agree. There are GM's with multiple rings who don't get a third of this guys juice. I guess they should have signed with his publisher.

August 9, 2010  10:31 AM ET

The whole Moneyball concept sure netted Oakland a bunch of WS championships didn't it? Anyone, ANYONE?!?!?!?

August 9, 2010  10:35 AM ET
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nope...just injured all the time....guaranteed contracts...biggest problem in baseball.

so..that's $48MM for less than one year of ball...

It's not so much the concept of guarantee that bothers me. But I definitely think there should be some sort of adjustable injury clause written into it. Here's 10 dollars. If you miss 10 games, you get 9 dollars, miss 50 games, you get $7.50. Miss the season and you get $6.75. Something like that. It would discourage the Carl Pavanos of the world.

August 9, 2010  10:57 AM ET

Chavez was a really good player when he was healthy, a gold-glove third baseman who could hit for power. The sad thing is that he hasn't been healthy for years which has been a disappointment to everyone involved. Retirement sounds right. Thanks for the good times.

August 9, 2010  10:59 AM ET

regarding all the comments about Beane and Moneyball, compare the A's records to other small revenue markets like KC and Pittsburgh over the last decade and see who comes out on top.

August 9, 2010  11:03 AM ET
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regarding all the comments about Beane and Moneyball, compare the A's records to other small revenue markets like KC and Pittsburgh over the last decade and see who comes out on top.

"Hey...we're better than KC!" ain't much of a slogan.

Chavez...isnt he one of those 'no proof, but did he....?" guys. I don't have an opinion, but talk about A-rod? This guy broke down and disappeared quite suddenly. Just sayin'.

August 9, 2010  11:48 AM ET
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...any player that put up really good stats for a number of years and then had numerous injuries shortly after is very suspect.

This is why I got so hot in the Arod thread yesterday. Suspected but no proof. So for argument's sake, lets say Chavez had numbers worthy of HOF consideration. Since he was never forced to smile awkwardly into a camera and confess his sins, he should be voted in while guys clearly better than him are excluded because their names were leaked?

Until we know everything, we should assume we know nothing and stop all this self-righteous "HE CHEATED" bullshytte because there are so many things we still don't know.

August 9, 2010  12:52 PM ET
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but what I find most telling is the complete silence from these so-called non users....you would think that one of these guys would stand up and say..."hey...I'm clean...never did anything"the reason they don't is because they really aren't...or, if they do say anything, they will get investigated fully and something will be found.

They can't. It's like being a cop and seeing another cop on the take. You either keep quiet and give your implied consent, go to your captain and wind up walking a nightshift beat in Bed-Stuy, or you go directly to IAD and you become Treat Williams in Prince of The City. Add to that you can never prove innocence. If you're name is on the list, you did it. If your name is not on the list, you weren't caught.

So really, if we want to put this all behind us, the whole thing should simply be forgotten and steps taken to enforce going forward. We're never going to have 2002 back again, so maybe its best to just let it go. From this point on, however....

August 9, 2010  01:04 PM ET

when injuries are part of your life, most likely you no longer can play the game with great intensity, best thing to do is retirament!!

August 9, 2010  01:43 PM ET
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They can't. It's like being a cop and seeing another cop on the take. You either keep quiet and give your implied consent, go to your captain and wind up walking a nightshift beat in Bed-Stuy, or you go directly to IAD and you become Treat Williams in Prince of The City. Add to that you can never prove innocence. If you're name is on the list, you did it. If your name is not on the list, you weren't caught. So really, if we want to put this all behind us, the whole thing should simply be forgotten and steps taken to enforce going forward. We're never going to have 2002 back again, so maybe its best to just let it go. From this point on, however....

Wrong, get hot all you want, the answer is not to look the other way, it is to air it out and cure it the best you can. Guys are suspect because the owners were complicit, along with managers etc. It is right to suspect just about everyone, just the way it is. I don't like it eaither. but that is the reality.

August 9, 2010  01:44 PM ET

and moneyball added the idea of looking at OBP and some other valuable residuals. Unfortunately for the A's the rest of the league also does the smae thing now so there is less value for them to find. It has changed how GMs manage.

August 9, 2010  02:16 PM ET
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Wrong, get hot all you want, the answer is not to look the other way, it is to air it out and cure it the best you can. Guys are suspect because the owners were complicit, along with managers etc. It is right to suspect just about everyone, just the way it is. I don't like it eaither. but that is the reality.

Okay. Have it your way. Suspect everyone. But don't play holier-than-thou "B...b...but...He CHEATED!" when you and I know damn well that the odds are that 3-4 of your favorite players had needles shoved in their bungholes. Don't single out the guys who have been exposed if we're going to suspect everyone. All I'm asking is one or the other. Let them all go, or consider them all guilty. I don't buy this crap that 24 guys on each team were pure as angels and one rogue wolf was juicing it up.

August 9, 2010  03:58 PM ET
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I thought this guy retired 6 years ago.

The only reason I knew he was still playing was that he was in the videogame again this year.

 
August 9, 2010  08:07 PM ET
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nope...just injured all the time....guaranteed contracts...biggest problem in baseball. Since the start of the 2007 season, Chavez has played in 154 games (less than one full season) and he's made a total of $45MM...he actually has one more year on the contract but I'm sure he'll get bought out for $3MM.so..that's $48MM for less than one year of ball...

Was hoping Chavez would adventually make it back off the DL and return to the Oakland Line-up... He was a heck of a Third-baseman when he was healthy... If he retires he'll just go down in history as another example of a better-than-average player signing a long-term- multi-million dollar and being washed-up soon after.... The samething may be soon occurring on the opposite coast-- With the New York Yankees and A-Rod

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