January 24th, 2009
Looks like there’s another former Tiger ready to hang it up. Rob Bradford at WEEI.com in Boston reports that Sean Casey is retiring to take a job with the new MLB television network. No word on whether he’ll be in studio or out on the field, or whether this means he can or can’t go watch his hometown Steelers in the Super Bowl next Sunday, but certainly best wishes are in order for him in this new chapter in his life.
For the record, Casey finishes his 12-year career as a lifetime .302 hitter, including .322 in 199 at-bats last year for the Sox, as well as a career .410 postseason hitter, and one of the best all-around good guys in baseball. His three-run shot for the Tigers against the Royals on Sept. 21, 2007 will go down as the last of his 130 home runs. His failure to beat out Pablo Ozuna’s throw from left field to first, Casey having not noticed the ball had fallen in, will go down one of baseball’s best bloopers and classiest reactions to an innocent mistake.
With three weeks before pitchers and catchers report to most Spring Training camps, Kenny Rogers is still a free agent. Moreover, there have been no signs of him signing with any team.
The 44-year-old Rogers has kept quiet this offseason, leaving emails from reporters unanswered. Even Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who received a voicemail from Rogers thanking him for his time in Detroit, doesn’t know Rogers’ plans. The one person in the organization who has had a discussion with him, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said, isn’t disclosing the nature of their talk.
Still, when asked about Rogers’ status by a fan during a question-and-answer session at TigerFest on Saturday, Dombrowski hinted that Rogers probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
“At this time, I don’t think he’s on the verge of signing with any club,” Dombrowski said. “I think he’s in a position where he’s content where he is right now. But it’s more up to him on what he decides to do with his life, and I don’t know if he’s made that decision 100 percent.”
If Rogers does pitch again, it probably won’t be in Detroit. Dombrowski said the Tigers are not looking for any more starting pitching, preferring to leave the fifth spot open to competition among Zach Miner, Nate Robertson and Dontrelle Willis.