Jay Gibbons begs for a shot in letter

September 15, 2009, 12:31 AM

Sportsnet.ca – Jay Gibbons was cut after being named in the Mitchell report and he hasn’t received a single offer since. In a letter he sent to all 30 major league teams he says he’s desperate for a second chance and is sorry for his mistakes.

The 31-year-old Gibbons was released by the Baltimore Orioles on March 30 with the team owing him about $12 million for the last years of a multi-year deal.

The following are selected excerpts from a letter written by Gibbons to all 30 MLB teams and obtained by ESPN.com.

You can read the full contents of the letter here.

Writing this letter is both painful and humiliating.

I am young, healthy and determined. I have acknowledged and apologized for the mistake that I made and writing this letter should be proof enough that I have indeed suffered for my mistake.

I have faith and hope that some team will give me the chance to prove that I can not only be a productive player but also be a stellar member of their organization.

My faith in a second chance has inspired me to work harder than I have at any time in my life.

All I need is a chance — any chance — anywhere. I am more than willing to begin the process of proving that I can and will be a productive major league player by playing in the minor leagues.

At 31 years old, I have NO DOUBT that my best baseball is ahead of me.

I know that my agents at ACES have tried to land me an opportunity in the minor leagues but have been met with negative responses by each and every Organization.

I am not blind to the fact that I have made a mistake and that mistake has raised doubt about my character and ability. It is important that you know that my indiscretions, while regretful, were made in an effort to heal a nagging wrist injury.

I respectfully and humbly request that you grant me the chance to play for your organization.

I am so willing to prove myself as a player, and a person, that I will donate ALL of my minor league earnings to your Club’s charity. In the event that I earn the right to play at the major league level, I will gladly donate a significant sum to that same charity.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Jay Gibbons


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