**A somewhat comical and somewhat awkwardly written letter to Torii Hunter regarding his parting ways with the Tigers, being a DH, where he’s going next and possible retirement**
Dear Mr. Hunter –
Recently I noticed you decided to take my advice at the season’s end, I wrote a piece called “Torii Hunter should NOT retire.” Now I would like to extend my hand in friendship to end what may have been a complicated situation between us.
You were with the Twins. I have such fond memories of American League Division Series in 2002! Then you moved onto the Los Angeles Angels and being an Oakland Athletics fan I wasn’t you’re biggest cheerleader.
Things got worse as you joined the Detroit Tigers and succeeded in defeating the A’s in the ALDS not once, but two years in a row,
Now that you have officially parted ways with the Tigers, I can truly acknowledge your talent. I knew it was there. I’m not denying that. It’s just that you were kind of a pain in the a** playing against my team.
You have an awesome bat and obviously your eyesight is still in a league of it’s own. While the Tigers may not need you anymore, I happen to know a place that could really use a hand in the “good bat” department. (Ahem Are you listening Mr, Beane?)
I understand that you aren’t keen on taking a more limited role like he DH but so what? Frank Thomas did just that – in the same place I suggest you do the same – and he won the Players’ Choice Award for Comeback Player of the Year in 2006.
Maybe it’s time to step back from the outfield and relax, just hit the ball like we all know you can. There will be no “Comeback Player of the Year Award” for you. I’m not sorry to say since you batted .286 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI in 2014 at the age of 39! There’s definitely nothing to make a “comeback” from.
Anyway, I know it’s a long, long shot that the Athletics would be able to sign you or that you’d even be interested in playing in Oakland (although you’ve had some good games there!). From what I’ve read there are 10 teams already interested in signing you.
There are at least 10 teams who have expressed interest in free agent Torii Hunter, and the most aggressive teams all reside in AL Central.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 10, 2014
I’ve also heard that a Bay Area team may be interested in your services offensively and still in the field. If you should choose a National League team, go to the Chicago Cubs or I’m afraid our budding friendship will likely be put to an untimely end.
Of all the teams named, not one is the team in the East Bay Area, sadly. While I’ve acknowledged that your time with the Twins, Angels and the Tigers have not made us fast friends I believe an alliance could work, however unlikely it may seem at the moment. So keep Northern California in mind would you please? (just think east of the bay!)
Wishing you all the best. Just please don’t change your mind to retire, there are so many home runs you haven’t had a chance to hit yet. (It’d be really nice of you to hit them for Oakland, not against Oakland!)
Best, Jen R.