Shocker: Eric Chavez contemplating retirement

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I hope you’re sitting down for this, but Eric Chavez is thinking hard about retiring:

“I’ve pondered retirement. I’d lie if I said I didn’t.
The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what I’m going to do . . . I’d love to come back and play the last month of the season with the
team. I just don’t know if that’s going to happen, but it would mean the
world to me to be in uniform when the season ends. Either way, I’ll be
in Oakland one way or the other, to come back and play, or to say
goodbye.”

That came in an email to the San Francisco Chronicle. Word on the street is that Chavez dislocated his index finger as he clicked “send.” He’ll have and MRI tomorrow after which time it will be determined if surgery is necessary.

On a more serious note, the fate of Eric Chavez over the past four years has to be one of the more depressing in all of baseball. A supremely talented hitter when he was healthy, the guy stands as one of the most significant “what could have been” stories in recent memory.