CHICAGO -- With just a little over one month remaining in the 2010 season, Jermaine Dye understands how his next Major League Baseball action won't take place until the 2011 campaign.
"The season is over for me," said Dye, in town for Sunday's ceremony to retire Frank Thomas' jersey No. 35.
Dye's reasoning came from the Minor League seasons coming to an end in early September, not giving him enough time to get ready. His one-year hiatus, though, doesn't mean Dye has retired. He has stayed in great shape working out at home and has continued hitting at a batting cage in Eric Chavez's house in Arizona, just a couple doors down from his home.
An ideal situation for the 2005 World Series Most Valuable Player would be to find a job where he could split time between playing the field and serving as designated hitter. Dye has spent quite a bit of time with his family during the season away, as well as taking vacations to locales such as Guam and Japan.