Showalter sorry to see Jackson go

Showalter sorry to see Jackson go
April 14, 2013, 8:00 pm

NEW YORK – Buck Showalter didn’t seem surprised when he learned the news that Conor Jackson retired on Sunday. He learned about it from Norfolk manager Ron Johnson.

Jackson nearly made the Orioles out of spring training, but at nearly 31, decided he’d had enough of baseball

“He was in a stage of his life where he wanted to be home. It’s tough,” Showalter said. “He said he’d been thinking about it for a little while.”

Jackson and Steve Pearce were the contenders for the final roster spot.

“He made it down to the last day. I’m very proud of him,” Showalter said.

Back in 2008, Jackson batted .300 for Arizona, but after he contracted Valley Fever a year later, his career was never the same.

“He’s got a lot of things going for him. He’s a smart, well-educated guy. Part of me hates to see him go, but I want him to be happy, too,” Showalter said.