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Report: Blake pondering retirement

Posted on: August 22, 2011 1:28 pm
By Matt Snyder

Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake has been on the disabled list three times this season and has played in only 58 games. He's currently missed the past four games with a pinched nerve in his neck, and it may ultimately be what ends his career.

"Obviously, this neck thing is pretty serious," he said ( "I want to be able to move my neck when I'm 50."

Blake is not specifically saying he's going to retire right now, but that it's a possbility. It is telling that he's shifted focus on his personal goals. He reportedly went into the season wanting to play well enough that the Dodgers would pick up his $6 million option for next season. That focus has changed, due to the injury.

"I'm not even worried about that right now," Blake said ( "The main focus is just getting healthy and doing what's best for my neck and my future."

Blake also noted that he's been told by doctors the condition could worsen if he plays with it.

Blake, 38, is hitting .250/.342/.362 this season. He was a key acquisition by the Dodgers in the 2008 season -- in which they went to the NLCS -- as he solidified the hot corner, but since then it's become popular to trash the trade. In the deal, the Dodgers sent promising young catcher Carlos Santana to the Indians. If Blake does retire, he'd deserve a tip of the cap for an admirable career. He's played for five teams over the course of 13 seasons, along the way picking up 1,182 hits, 167 home runs and an above average OPS (107 OPS-plus). He also played in three consecutive postseasons, from 2007-2009.

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Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:12 am

Report: Blake pondering retirement

I would say that's his best option! He hasn't been much of a help t his year and definetely won't help next year. In fact the only good year he had was the year he was traded to the Dodgers

Hang em up Casey! Its been good knowin ya!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:57 pm

Report: Blake pondering retirement

Casey do the lousy Dodgers a favor and hang em up. When ya can`t stay healthy and the organization stinks it`s only about an easy $6,000,000.  Not sure Uncle Bud & MLB can pay an over the hill & injured 3B that, but it`s a great livin if you can steal it. Grab a bat Casey!!

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