Never having been the same since he contracted Valley Fever in 2009, slugger Conor Jacksontold the Baltimore Orioles he was retiring, it was reported Sunday. Jackson, who reportedly was the O’s last cut of spring training, was batting .200/.333/.240 in 30 plate appearances for Class AAA Norfolk.
Jackson, who turns 31 years old in May, was an effective first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2006-2008, averaging .292/.371/.451 with 14 home runs, 29 doubles and a 184-166 strikeout/walk ratio.
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