today: Pinder spoke more about his decision, telling Slusser and Matt Kawahara:There were times when I thought, ‘Why should I play anymore, what is the purpose of playing? For the past year or so, I haven’t been able to find the answer. I’ve always said that when you feel like you can contribute more to the game outside than between the white lines, that might be the time. I still think I can play baseball, but I think the time has come for me physically, mentally, and for my family.“
Pinder’s next steps are spending time with his wife and two children, and he plans to consider a graduate program in clinical health studies. He somehow left the door open for further careers in baseball, saying,I look forward to getting to the other side. I want to help others in their careers.Whether it’s Triple-A or the big leagues, you’ll get more out of it than playing another year or two.“
May 27th: Veteran utility man Chad Pinder He’s in his last professional bout, as reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (twitter link) Pinder plans to retire after tonight’s game against the Braves’ Triple-A team at Gwinnett. Pinder started as the seventh hitter and first baseman for the Stripes against the Durham Bulls.
A second-round pick in the 2013 Athletics Draft, Pinder spent all seven major league seasons in an Athletics uniform, batting .242/.294/.417 (96wRC+) in 1,740 at-bats from 2016-2022. Recorded. Right-handed Pinder had a career OPS of .778 against southpaws and a .660 OPS against right-handed pitchers, so he was naturally more effective against left-handed pitchers than right-handed pitchers. Pinder only appeared in 26 career postseason at-bats, but he made it count with a staggering 1.021 OPS in Oakland’s 2020 playoffs.
Beyond his at-bat work, Pinder was invaluable to the Athletics as a Swiss Army knife of utility players. During his 537 major league games, he appeared as left fielder (195 games), right fielder (148 games), second baseman (92 games), third baseman (55 games), shortstop (43 games), and center fielder (16 games). bottom. He also climbed to first base (6) and the mound once. Pinder’s ability to play anywhere has given Oakland’s manager and front office extra flexibility in how they fill out their rosters, how they take injuries into account, or decide to make adjustments during matches.
Pinder achieved a career-high PA 379 in the 2022 season, with plenty of minutes on the rebuilding athletics team with few veterans left. However, Pinder only hit .235/.263/.385 and had an fWAR of -0.1 at his sub-alternate level. The Athletics will make Pinder a free agent, and Atlanta will be Pinder’s third minor league deal in five months. The Reds terminated Pinder from his minority contract near the end of spring training, and his subsequent minority contract with the Nationals also led to his release in early May.
Pinder, who has batted .256/.322/.402 in 90+ PAs at the Triple-A level this season with the Nationals and Braves’ top tie-up teams, seems to have made the decision to let go of his gloves. may look like Wait for the next call to major. Pinder only turned 31 in March, but it looks like the next phase of his baseball career is just beginning as he is likely to receive a wide range of coaching offers. As Slusser writes, Pinder “Always a great and selfish team leader. He will be a great director someday. “
We at MLB Trade Rumors congratulate Pinder on an outstanding career and wish him all the best in his post-playing endeavours.