Joe Blanton Retires?

Former A’s starter Joe Blanton has walked away from the A’s AAA team in Sacramento and is apparently intent on retiring, although the media reports are unclear on exactly what is going on with him.  At any rate, the A’s released him today.

Blanton was terrible for the Angels last year, but he is still only 33 years old and had pitched O.K. in two starts with the Sacramento River Cats in the young 2014 season.  I haven’t heard any reports that he’s physically hurting, so, after having made at least $39 million in his professional career, he may have just decided he wants to spend more time with his family and is no longer willing to put up with the second-class accommodations and bus travel that come with playing in the minor leagues.

Blanton was a home-grown product, drafted 24th overall in the 2002, and he helped the A’s win their division in 2006.  The A’s traded Blanton to the Phillies in 2008 for what turned out to be very little, and Blanton helped the Phils win the 2008 World Series, make it back to the World Series in 2009 and make two more play-off appearances in 2010 and 2011.  Perhaps after all those highs, it was particularly tough to go back to the minors.

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2 Comments on “Joe Blanton Retires?”


  1. The guys in AAA don’t ride on a bus! Seriously though, he was done. Most A’s fans thought he was a bum anyway.

    • Burly Says:

      According to Minor League baseball’s website, “Most Minor League teams travel by bus unless they’re traveling thousands of miles.” With the elimination of the old AAA American Association after 1997 and its teams folded into the International League and the Pacific Coast League, the latter two leagues have gotten a lot bigger geographically, and there certainly is a lot of flying. However, for trips to destinations not very far away (Sacramento to Fresno for example, or Buffalo to Rochester) teams may still take buses or trains.


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