Whatever he chooses to do, whether he returns to the diamond in 2015 or hangs it up, Adam Dunn seems confident it will be the right decision.
While he’d be sure to miss his teammates and the sport were he to retire, the White Sox slugger has plenty of other interests in his life to keep him busy were he to call it quits. A free agent after this season, Dunn said he hasn’t made up mind yet but knows he’s not willing to stick around just for numbers, which is significant seeing as he heads into Monday’s game only 41 home runs shy of 500.
“You’re used to doing something your whole life, and I know it’s going to be an adjustment, but I’m fortunate to be able to put myself in this situation at a pretty young age to make the call,” Dunn said. “There’s nothing bad about that. I’m not sad about that. I’m actually pretty happy about it.”
Dunn told MLB.com over the weekend that he is seriously considering retirement at the end of the 2014 season. With three children, the oldest being 9, Dunn wants to be around his family as his kids get older. He also has several business opportunities outside of baseball that he’d like to be more involved in.
So after the season ends, Dunn will contemplate whether or not he has played his last game.
“There are a lot of factors,” Dunn said. “It’s not just going out and playing baseball anymore. I’m not a 22-year-old single guy anymore. There are a lot of things that play into coming back and your decision.
“It’s going to be a decision where I’m going to sit down with the people who are important to me and make a quick decision, whether it’s tomorrow, whether it’s February. I don’t know. I don’t know how to go about it because I’ve never done it before. We’ll see. I’m not really worried about it.”