Adam Dunn may be serious in contemplating retirement after 2014 but his White Sox manager imagines the slugger’s mind is far from made up.
Ventura said Sunday morning he believes Dunn could go either way. But Ventura also knows it’s a natural point in his career for Dunn to be considering when to call it quits.
Dunn, who turns 35 in November and has 459 career home runs, is a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.
“That’s always a tough decision for guys,” Ventura said. “When they get where he’s at and Paul (Konerko) and all those guys that are of age, you get close and you might see the end. You don’t know. It’s a tough decision. This is something he’s done most of his adult life. It’s important. It’s still fun. You just never know. I’ve also heard guys talk that way and end up playing five more years.”
Dunn told MLB.com on Saturday he has strongly considered about the current season being his last in the majors. At the same time, Dunn has said he hasn’t made any decisions but he doesn’t have any plans to stick around just to reach the 500-homer mark.
Dunn enters Sunday with a .228/.351/.446 slash line with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs in 402 plate appearances and said he still enjoys playing. He plans to make a decision about his future early in the offseason.
“I want to make my decision based on me and not on that (contractual interest),” Dunn told MLB.com. “If there is interest and I don't want to play, I'm not playing. If there's not and I do want to play, that's going to be the problem.”
Ventura said he and Dunn have talked about the subject. He’s not surprised the topic has come up for Dunn, who has two young sons and a daughter.
“There’s been times we talk and stuff like that comes up, but I’ve heard that from so many guys over the years and they end up having to rip the jersey off of them,” Ventura said. “I’m sure there’ll be talk as we get closer to the end, but I think right now, there’s a lot of guys that have those feelings every once in a while.”