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Jay Gibbons will not be donating his salary to charity

The other day I asked if Jay Gibbons would keep his 2008 promise to donate his salary to charity if he ever made the majors again. The answer is no:

“I’m going to hold on to my money now,” the outfielder said. “I’ve got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment enough.”

Can’t really blame him. He was in pretty desperate and unhappy straits in 2008, and god knows the Dodgers didn’t sign and then promote him based on his promise. And really, given what we know about the Dodgers’ charity, Gibbons would be well-advised to avoid making any donations there anyway.

I think the most interesting thing about the article are his comments about why, he feels, he was out of baseball for so long: “I tie it to hitting .230 in ’07. If I played better, I really believe I would have had a job.” In other words, he doesn’t feel like he was screwed over by virtue of being in the Mitchell Report. Which he wasn’t.

So live long and prosper, Mr. Gibbons.