Why Did They Retire?

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Dave Cash?

Steady and solid through the '70s, MVP votes three consecutive years, hits .321 with the Expos in 1979, has his first negative WAR year with the Padres in '80, gets released, and--at the age of 32--never plays again. Was no one interested, or did he just retire?

clemenza, Friday, 21 May 2021 15:45 (six months ago) link

Cash went to spring training in 1981 but was released as the season started on April 4. He hit just .172 in the exhibition games for the Padres, yet it was still a shock to him to be let go. Cash said, “I know I hadn’t produced during the spring, but I was playing on a slightly injured knee. It occurred in batting practice, and the knee bothered me a bit after that. I’m not using it as an excuse, but it did have an effect.” After his release, he attempted to catch on with a team that would be a contender, but things never worked out.

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 21 May 2021 15:51 (six months ago) link

Thanks...so he definitely wanted to play. I though he might have gone to Japan, which many players did at the time.

clemenza, Friday, 21 May 2021 15:55 (six months ago) link

not Japan but...

In 1989, Cash played for the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .321 in 35 games with the team. The next season, he played for the Florida Tropics and hit .304 in 14 games before the league folded.

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 21 May 2021 16:00 (six months ago) link

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