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Bonderman considering retirement

Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:29 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 1:56 pm
Jeremy Bonderman It's not often a 27-year-old making $12.5 million considers walking away from the game.

Yet, that's exactly what Jeremy Bonderman is considering.

Bonderman missed the vast majority of the 2008 and 2009 seasons thanks to right shoulder surgery. Now, he's finally back and in the final year of his contract. He currently has a 5.05 ERA (4.46 xFIP) in 108 2/3 innings, striking out 76 and walking 30.

"I feel I have a lot left," Bonderman told the Detroit Free Press . "If I really w.ant to play, I can play. I'm just kind of thinking about it. I don't know if it's what I'm going to do."

Bonderman feels he has three choices: resign with the Tigers, sign with a team out West or retire. Retirement has been on his mind ever since his injury problems and he finds himself thinking more and more about spending time with his children in-between taking turns on the mound for a Detroit team hungry to make the playoffs

"[Owner Mike Ilitch] and the Tigers' organization have given me an opportunity to provide for my family really well, and I feel like I've saved a lot of money and I have the ability to be able to do what I want -- whether it's be with my kids every day or go on fishing trips with my dad or brothers," Bonderman added.

He can certainly afford to retire, as he will have made around $41.33 million over his big-league career, according to But he could make so much more with even just a few more years into the game and still retire young.

Detroit has a lot of money coming off the books, so it is possible they could seek to bring Bonderman back into the fold even though they have Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello projected to front the rotation next year.

In addition, there are plenty of teams out west who may want Bonderman to join their team. Teams in need of pitching on the West Coast number every team playing on the coast. So while retirement may be a palatable option, it's far from a sure thing Bondo will retire.

After all, he's an accomplished starter who will be just 28. There is a market for that -- whether in Detroit or out west.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:44 pm

Bonderman considering retirement

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Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 1:57 am

Bonderman considering retirement

When you're 27 and making $12.5 million per season, the prospect of making about $5 million or less for the next few seasons as a journeyman pitcher probably doesn't sound that appealing. But Bonderman's got to grow up and realize he's got 60 years of life left. He might as well pitch into his 30s. Otherwise he's going to get really bored and want to come back.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 12:55 am

Bonderman considering retirement

What a low life bum. I hope Karma really bites him in the @$$  P.O.S.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 11:20 pm

Leave now.

...and we will not have lost the game you're slotted to pitch in before it begins.

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 8:37 pm

Bonderman considering retirement

Just a dumb comment

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:45 pm

Bonderman considering retirement

Cut the guy some slack.  It has to be difficult for an athlete who once performed at a high level, and had the potential to be be sidetracked by injuries.  I don't think he'd be talking about retiring if he was still performing at that level.  Good for him for at least citing his family as reasons to leave.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:29 pm

Bonderman considering retirement

 I know injuries hurt him, but... don't think he really put the effort in.
Hey man.. do me a favour? Tell me what that formula or whatever is.. the one where you know for sure somebody didn't put enough effort in.  Because I can tell you this much, the Tigers organization was going out of their way telling people how hard Bondo was working when he was injured...

Say what you please.. like him, hate him, love him, whatever... he's got the money and he's smart enough to consider quitting at a young age, the prime of his life with more money then he'll ever need to live out the rest of his life..... 

It takes more of a man to do that then it does to play until he's 37 years old and squeeze every dollar they can out of people.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:56 pm

Bonderman considering retirement

Even if you are considering retirement from baseball he should have kept that under his hat until the end of the season. Now if he gives up 6 runs in 3 innings which is very possible it will be pointed out that he is considering retiring. Even his teammates may feel he is not contributing or just doesn't care. I mean it is not like Detroit is going to have Jeremy Bonderman day in late September. 
If he does decide to pitch in 2011 he will about a 1/4 of what he makes now. 

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:53 pm

Bonderman considering retirement

Kinda agree with adrian.  Git the money early and never really work at it.  I know injuries hurt him, but... don't think he really put the effort in. Talent can only get you so far

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