Toronto Blue Jays‘ reliever Darren Oliver ended the 2012 season as one of the American League’s top setup men.
He posted an ERA of 2.06, allowed less than a hit per inning, and 16 times held a lead for the Jays’ closer.
The Jays have an option on the 41 year old Oliver for 2013, and they’d love to have him back. But will he come back?
The secret to baseball — actually, to everything — is knowing when to walk away. When to hold ’em, and when to fold ’em.
Billy Byers, who died recently in Los Angeles, wrote songs for Broadway musicals. One was “Stayed Too Long At The Fair,” recorded by artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand and Bonnie Raitt.
The merry-go-round is slowing, and there are no more prizes to win, laments the singer. Have I stayed too long at the fair?
Every team’s fans can think of a player or two who returned for one more season, but whose numbers indicated he should have hung ’em up.
Your Jays Writer, who started watching games when the New York Mets called the Polo Grounds home, naturally bears a fondness for baseball’s senior citizens. Nothing would be more cool that to have Oliver in uniform next Opening Day.
If it’s time to retire — and only he knows — he’ll go out the right way, at the top of his game. Not as a faded star whose stats shout to the world that he stayed too long at the fair.