Royals lose a lefty, Danny Duffy quits baseball

Just saw this on Baseball America’s prospect blog.  Royals LHP prospect Danny Duffy has left spring training and has quit baseball.

In a statement released by the Royals, assistant general manager J.J. Picollo left the door open for Duffy’s potential return in the future.

“Danny informed us yesterday that his desire is to leave baseball at this time to reassess his life priorities. Should Danny decide in the future to return to the game, we will be happy at that time to discuss the possibility.”

This is obviously a huge blow to the Royals organization and it’s future.  I’ll have more thoughts published in the next day or so, but I wanted to pass the information along.

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  • Fresh

    Maybe he is going to comeback and become a cy-young winning pitcher, a la Zack Greinke.

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  • Engel

    If he doesn’t join Grant Desme in the priesthood, maybe it’s a minor hiccup as he gets used to the tag of “most polished young pitching prospect in the system”. Having never been in such a position, I’m sure it’s not nearly as awesome as it may seem, so I hope he both sorts out his personal life and decides that a dozen or more summers in the center of Kauffman Stadium fit into his future.

    Maybe the tack they took with Greinke would be an effective approach to bring him back in. Perhaps a visit from the man himself…