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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by flyer85
    Guys can walk out if they don't want to play anymore. Just don't expect another invite. Of course it you look at Pokey's career you have to wonder how much he really wanted to play in the first place. His career makes Reggie Sanders look like an ironman.
    Someone will give him another chance, he has that 99 season to fall back on and some GM will think "He'll repeat it for mE!"
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro
    No, I think being an adult gives him the right to not do what he doesn't want to. It's just football.

    I don't know what his motivations were for handling it the way he did but that's his perogative. I think he did a hell of a lot more for the Lions than they ever did for him. I sure don't feel sorry for the Lions.
    I agree that he had the right to retire but I disagree that it was his perogative to just blow off his team, not show up, and leave the country without giving his team any indication of what his intentions were

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    I heard he has found employment as a hat model.



    Question:

    Reese or Womack at 2B? I know, I know.... most would say neither (and I agree). But if you had to chose (at similar salaries)
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    I would go with Pokey. At least he offers otherworldly defense.
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    I'd go with Womack. At least he isn't a quitter.
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    I'd rather Womack were a quitter.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    In this situation I would go with Womack.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    With Pokey you get great defense, but that also comes with a major attitude and overinflated ego.

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    I'd rather have no SS then Pokey.

    His attitude would be all over the team.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5391596

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    Second baseman Pokey Reese's brief stay with the Marlins ended with an unexplained disappearance, but the reason for his retirement is anything but a mystery.

    Reese, 32, simply lost his passion for baseball, his agent, Mike Nicotera, said Tuesday night in an interview with FOXSports.com.

    While Nicotera did not completely rule out a comeback, he said that Reese, a nine-year veteran, does not plan to play again.

    "As Pokey said to me, I think it's time to go home and be with my family. When I no longer have the love for the game, then maybe it's time to move on,'" Nicotera said.

    Thus, new Marlins manager Joe Girardi had it right last weekend when he said that if Reese was trying to determine his future, "maybe he doesn't want any outside influences."

    Reese bolted the Marlins last Thursday and ended communication with club officials because he was contemplating the end of his career, Nicotera said.

    The Marlins terminated Reese's one-year, $800,000 contract on Sunday, but the move was of little practical consequence; Reese no longer intended to play, anyway.

    After leaving the Marlins, Reese drove home to Columbia, S.C., to discuss his future with his mother and grandmother, according to Nicotera. He isolated himself because, as Girardi suggested, "he wanted to see what was in his heart," Nicotera said.

    Two days after Reese left camp, Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest told the team's beat reporters that he was "extremely disappointed" by Reese's lack of communication. The next day, Beinfest terminated Reese's contract.

    Reese, knowing he frustrated club officials with his abrupt departure, plans to contact Girardi and Marlins assistant G.M. Michael Hill, the team executive with whom he had the most contact, Nicotera said. But as of Tuesday night, Hill said he had yet to hear from the player.

    Injuries helped lead to Reese's decision; he missed all of last season with the Mariners after undergoing two operations on his right shoulder. He also missed seven weeks with the World Series champion Red Sox in 2004 due to a pulled ribcage muscle, returning in September as a reserve. Before getting injured, Reese had become a cult hero at Fenway Park while replacing the injured Nomar Garciaparra at shortstop.

    Reese's happiest times were with the 1999 Reds, a team that won 96 games. The club, a tight-knit group, featured several high-character players with whom Reese became close, Nicotera said.

    "That's what he thought baseball was like," Nicotera said. "Since then, for a number of reasons, I don't know that it ever got back to that for him. In Boston, he definitely enjoyed himself, but then he pulled the ribcage muscle. He didn't complain about being a bench player (after he returned). It was just different. I'm sure that stuff wore on him."

    Reese signed with the Marlins in part because his mother could make the trip from Columbia to Miami to watch him play, Nicotera said. He grew up in extreme poverty and endured tragedies in his life, including the deaths of two of his children's mothers. He views his career as a gift.

    "Pokey looks at it like, 'I came from nothing. I got more out of the game than I ever thought I'd get. When it's time, it's time. I can step down and know the game has been very good to me,"' Nicotera said.

    "That's really the way he sees it. He's at peace with it. I don't want to portray it like he's in major turmoil. This was a very difficult decision for him. But he feels like he did the right thing."
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    thanks SAF, I wanted to know more........... and I understand more now.

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    I think it time I went home to be with my family.
    Fine, but TELL SOMEONE!! I expected my daughter to do that when she was twelve... he's an adult.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    TB, I understand your parental instincts but he's over 18 and may have more problems than just being worried about getting grounded. Sounds like life changing decisions, not just skipping out of work if ya know what I mean.

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamBoone
    Fine, but TELL SOMEONE!! I expected my daughter to do that when she was twelve... he's an adult.
    Some people are mature beyond their years. An 18 year old can have the maturity of a 30 year old. Unfortunately the opposite is true and Pokey is a prime example of that. A truly mature person would tell the team he's leaving camp to tend to some personal problems. He would let them know where he's going to be and that he will be OK. Zack Grienke left Royals camp because of some emotional issues he was going through this spring. The Royals knew why he was leaving and where he was going. That's the way to handle something like that and not go AWOL.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by 37red
    TB, I understand your parental instincts but he's over 18 and may have more problems than just being worried about getting grounded. Sounds like life changing decisions, not just skipping out of work if ya know what I mean.
    It's even more easy for a ballplayer. All Pokey had to do was tell his agent and have the agent dump the bad news to the Marlins. He didn't even have to see anyone face to face. Tell the agent via e-mail, IM or phone answering machine at 3am. He chose the worst most immature way to handle this.

    One more thing. How immature is it for him to leave $800,000? I know Pokey thinks he has plenty of money but I bet the day will come when he'll need that.


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