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  • Justin morneau: a ruined career

    to me that is a very sad case. he clearly does have HOF talent. his 06 MVP was not a good choice but in 2010 he clearly was on his way to win the MVP before that concussion that went on ruining his already injury plagued career completely happened (187 OPS+).

    to me that is very sad if such a good player is derailed by injuries. I think he should just quit. this concussion stuff is only going to get worse if anything and he also had a lot of other injuries.

    What do you think? will he retire after this season if he misses significant time again? he made comments that suggest this.
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    It's his decision to retire of course but I would rather see these guys go out on some semblance of a good season, rather than struggling.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by KevinWI View Post
      It's his decision to retire of course but I would rather see these guys go out on some semblance of a good season, rather than struggling.
      Well that's happened at least a couple of dozen times in ML history.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BigRon View Post
        Well that's happened at least a couple of dozen times in ML history.
        I think John Elway in the NFL did it right, retire after winning a Super Bowl.

        Hate to see great ball players try so hard to get back to their former selves, sign minor league contracts with the Royals or Orioles and get cut before spring training ends, etc.

        Sorry to see, but it is their right.

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        • #5
          It is sad. Not only is he exceptionally talented, by all accounts he's a very nice guy.

          I watched the game where he got his concussion and the weird thing is that it really didn't look like anything special. It was shocking to hear what happened.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by doctor_gogol View Post
            It is sad. Not only is he exceptionally talented, by all accounts he's a very nice guy.

            I watched the game where he got his concussion and the weird thing is that it really didn't look like anything special. It was shocking to hear what happened.
            Corey Koskie was a Brewer in 2006 when he suffered his concussion which ultimately ended his career after he couldn't recover from the symptoms. I remember the game (was in late July as I recall), he ran out from third base to field a ball in the shallow outfield and it looked like he just fell down. At the moment, did not look like a serious impact at all. I guess it just goes to show that not every hit causing a concussion is a super high impact NFL-style hit where the guy is knocked out of his cleats or something.

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            • #7
              A player's physical health is always priority #1. If he is still struggling with concussion issues, it would be best or him and his family if he did retire. Of course it would still be his decision...

              As far as the grand theater behind a early retirement... Morneau is one of about 50 MLB 1B who put up some really big OPS+ seasons. Not really front-page worthy if he retires.
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              • #8
                I hope Justin can bounce back - he does seem like a great a guy and a tough competitor... Concussions are nothing to mess with though.
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                • #9
                  You hope he can lick this thing and return to productive play. Noentheless he has had a fine career to date.
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                  • #10
                    I feel terrible for Justin. He's always seemed like one of the nicer guys in the game. (maybe it's because he's Canadian).

                    I feel bad asking this but I'm curious; does he get to keep the money on the final two years of his contract if he retires?
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                    2. Barry Bonds
                    3. Ty Cobb
                    4. Ted Williams
                    5. Willie Mays
                    6. Alex Rodriguez
                    7. Hank Aaron
                    8. Honus Wagner
                    9. Lou Gehrig
                    10. Mickey Mantle

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                      I feel bad asking this but I'm curious; does he get to keep the money on the final two years of his contract if he retires?
                      99% sure he doesn't.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                        I feel terrible for Justin. He's always seemed like one of the nicer guys in the game. (maybe it's because he's Canadian).

                        I feel bad asking this but I'm curious; does he get to keep the money on the final two years of his contract if he retires?
                        no he doesn't
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KevinWI View Post
                          99% sure he doesn't.
                          Well then, I think it's safe to assume that he won't retire.
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                          1. Babe Ruth
                          2. Barry Bonds
                          3. Ty Cobb
                          4. Ted Williams
                          5. Willie Mays
                          6. Alex Rodriguez
                          7. Hank Aaron
                          8. Honus Wagner
                          9. Lou Gehrig
                          10. Mickey Mantle

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                            Well then, I think it's safe to assume that he won't retire.
                            Not voluntarily, anyway.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KevinWI View Post
                              Corey Koskie was a Brewer in 2006 when he suffered his concussion which ultimately ended his career after he couldn't recover from the symptoms. I remember the game (was in late July as I recall), he ran out from third base to field a ball in the shallow outfield and it looked like he just fell down. At the moment, did not look like a serious impact at all. I guess it just goes to show that not every hit causing a concussion is a super high impact NFL-style hit where the guy is knocked out of his cleats or something.
                              Justins didnt look like a serious impact either. at least to me. he just slid into the base and looked like he just bumped his head on the shortstops knee. All it takes is a bump i guess. Super sad deal if he should never recover from this concussion. and its sad that hes already lost two years or a year and a half or whatever to this injury.

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