Gibbons won’t be a Rev

Former Baltimore Orioles’ outfielder Jay Gibbons will join the independent Atlantic League next week.

But Gibbons won’t be joining the York Revolution.

Gibbons was released by the Orioles in March after Baltimore ownership decided to eat the remaining two years and $11.9 million on his contract. The outfielder then tried to hook on with another organization in the majors, but nothing worked out. He was also serving a Major League Baseball-imposed suspension for using human growth hormone at the time. Gibbons’ decision to sign with an Atlantic League team was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.

Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations, said York made a play for Gibbons, but he desired to play farther away from Baltimore. Third-base coach Sam Snider, who served as the Orioles’ bullpen catcher and in other roles with the Orioles for 27 years, was in contact with Gibbons since the Atlantic League’s spring training.

“He was certainly a guy we were interested in,” Gladstone said. “But he wanted to go farther than the state of Pennsylvania.”

The Sun reported that Gibbons will join a New York- or New Jersey-based organization and a likely suitor could be the Long Island Ducks. The Ducks have a history of signing high-profile former major leaguers such as Juan Gonzalez, John Rocker and Carl Everett.

Gibbons hit .277 with 26 home runs and 77 RBIs in 2005 and signed a four-year $21.1 million contract prior to the 2006 season. But then injuries and news about his performance-enhancing drug use surfaced — causing two subpar seasons and the worst year of his career in 2007.

“I want to continue my career and start over,” Gibbons, 31, told the Sun. “This is an opportunity, and that is all I have been looking for.”  

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2 Responses

  1. I remember seeing Gibbons at a Q and A with Orioles fans one time, and someone asked him how he stayed in such good shape. His reply was,”I’ve never had a drink, I’ve never had red meat and I’ve never smoked a cigarette”. Well Jay, I hope you at least appreciated the irony of your comments while you were injecting yourself with human growth hormone. Best of luck in Long Island, hope that Orioles money doesn’t run out too soon.

  2. Great story. It’s going to be really interesting to see how Gibbons fares in the Atlantic League. One would think he’d be decent, but judging from his last couple of years in the majors, he could struggle mightily.

    Also, I think we can all manage a pretty good guess at whom the Revs will select as the Pizza Hut K-man of the Game next time the Ducks are in town.

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