NEW YORK – Conor Jackson, who nearly made the Orioles this spring, has abruptly retired. The Norfolk Tides made the announcement on Sunday afternoon, and the Orioles promoted Lew Ford from Bowie to replace him.
Jackson was cut on the last day of spring training. He lost out to Steve Pearce, in part because Peace had a stronger spring training. Pearce was also more of a known quantity to the Orioles.
After batting .302 with three home runs and six RBIs in spring training, Jackson was batting .200 with two RBIs with Norfolk.
A non-roster invitee, Jackson, who plays both first base and the outfield, figured to get some playing time in Baltimore this season because of both his history and versatility. In 2008, Jackson hit .300 with Arizona, but the next year, he was felled by Valley Fever, and his big league career went south.
He hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2011 when he was with Oakland and Boston. Jackson excited fans with a fast start in spring training, but Pearce won out. This week, outfielder Chris Dickerson was added to the major league roster instead of Jackson.