(CBS) Athletics designated hitter/outfielder and former White Sox player Adam Dunn waited 14 years to get a taste of the postseason, but when his chance finally came, he could only watch from arm’s length away as he rode the bench for the entirety of Oakland’s 9-8 loss in 12 innings at Kansas City on Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.
Despite that disappointment, Dunn still plans to retire — just as he hinted at while spending most of the season with the White Sox before his late August trade to the A’s.
“That’s probably it,” Dunn told MLB.com after the loss.
If so, Dunn will retire having played in 2,001 regular-season games without a playoff appearance, the most among active players and 14th-most in MLB history. After the game last night, Dunn remained dressed in the locker room for more than an hour afterward, after his teammates had left, MLB.com reported.
Dunn told MLB.com he had no regrets on not getting into the game.
“Let’s not make a bigger deal out of it,” Dunn said. “I love (manager) Bob (Melvin). He’s one of the best managers I’ve ever played for. He’s as good as there is out there. You wish the best for a guy like that. He’s awesome. Awesome.”