Dibble Announces Retirement, Then Says It's Only A Hiatus
Mar. 26, 1996
MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ Fiery Rob Dibble, a two-time NL All-Star and member of the ``Nasty Boys'' bullpen of the 1990 World series champion Cincinnati Reds, retired from baseball Monday, then later said he might be back.
He said he was only taking a month off and would decide then whether to launch a comeback in the minors.
Chicago was carrying the 32-year-old veteran as a non-roster player this spring.
Dibble told Chicago's WGN radio station Monday evening that he has been confused by too many pitching coaches telling him too many different things in the last few years.
``I'm going to take a month off to regroup,'' Dibble said. ``I got to get my head on straight and I got figure out how to pitch again.''
Cubs officials did not return telephone messages Monday night.
Dibble, a fastball-throwing right-hander known for his temper and brush-back pitches, missed most of the last two years after arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in April 1994.
``I can't go through anymore what I've been through the last three years,'' Dibble said earlier Monday at the Cubs spring training site. ``It's embarrassing and I can't live with it anymore. It's tearing me apart.''
He was 0-2 with a 24.55 ERA in 3.2 innings during spring training.
``I've had a better career than most guys could ever dream about,'' Dibble said. ```I'm not going to lose my self-respect and embarrass myself anymore.
``I won't stay around just for the paycheck. It's never why I played anyway. I played because I loved the game and I loved to compete, and I have too much self-respect to go on like this.''
Dibble's career was marked by reprimands for throwing at batters and for fighting with opponents on the field. He even got into a fight with his manager, Lou Piniella, while with the Cincinnati Reds in 1992.
He played briefly last season with the Chicago White Sox, precipitating a bench-clearing, five-minute brawl with the Milwaukee Brewers on June 29.
The fight erupted after Dibble missed second baseman Pat Listach's head by a couple of inches with a 95 mph fast ball. Dibble was suspended for three games but was released by the White Sox before serving the penalty.
It was Dibble's eighth major league suspension. Four suspensions were for brawl-related incidents, another for throwing a ball into the stands and hitting a woman in the arm, another for tossing a bat onto the backstop and another for ignoring a take sign.
The White Sox suspended him last spring for remarks he made about replacement players, saying they were ``going to be labeled like child molesters for the rest of their lives.''
He also pitched briefly with the Milwaukee Brewers last year. He was a combined 1-2 with one save.
The 6-4, 230-pounder appeared in 385 major league games, mostly with Cincinnati from 1988 to 1993.
He had a career record of 27-25 with 89 saves and a 2.98 ERA.
In 1990, Dibble appeared in seven post-season games for the Reds, pitching 9 2-3 shutout innings and striking out 14 batters. He was MVP of that season's NL Championship Series.
Other Nasty Boys with the Reds were former Cub Randy Myers and Norm Charlton. They got the nickname because of their antics on and off the field.