David Price, who is currently on the injured list with left wrist inflammation and working his way back, told reporters in San Francisco on Sunday that his baseball-playing future is still undecided.
David Price said he hasn’t finalized any decision on retirement after this year.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 18, 2022
David Price said he still hasn’t made a final decision about retirement yet— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) September 18, 2022
He said he just wants to try and get back for the stretch run this year, and then see where he’s at after the season
Clarification was needed because earlier Sunday, part of Bob Nightengale’s Sunday column at USA Today included a note that Price planned to retire.
“It’s just time” the 37-year-old Price told Nightengale. “Everything on my body hurts.’’
It’s worth noting, after 15 years in the majors and a contract that expires at the end of the season, Price has certainly been mulling retirement, and this isn’t exactly new. Price also hinted at retirement back in June, though hedged in an interview with Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
“I mean, yes and no. My (two) kids love it so much,” Price told Plunkett. “That’s the only thing that makes me even think about playing any longer.”
Price this season has a 2.58 ERA in 38 games, with 37 strikeouts and six unintentional walks in 38⅓ innings. Every appearance this season has been in relief for Price, a change from 2021, when he was used in myriad roles, including leverage relief, mop-up duty, opener, and starter for a stretch.
The veteran left-hander last pitched on August 29.
Price added, “If this is it, I want to go out strong,” per Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times.
Trayce Thompson talked with Nightengale after the Dodgers clinched the National League West in Phoenix.
“One of the main things I deserve is to go out and have fun. Because I’ve been to some dark places in this game. I’ve been in some places that people don’t even know about,” Thompson said. “It was never necessarily about quitting, because quitting is not in my nature. It was more so like I don’t know if this is going to happen, but I’m going to give it everything I have.”
Andrew Friedman described his “love-hate” relationship with the postseason with Tim Brown at the Wall Street Journal, likening it to the mindset of a professional gambler.
“There’s such a purpose to what you’re doing, that in a weird, sick, twisted way, even a bad thing that happens is different. Like, I’d rather go through that than not experience the postseason at all,” Friedman said. “But that’s where the love-hate all intertwines and meshes together in ways that I don’t know what it comes out to.”