The following letter was written by ex-Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons and sent to every major league team seeking a minor league deal. Since being released Gibbons has been unable to find a job, which no doubt has something to do with the fact that his name appeared in the Mitchell Report. I can't argue against any teams' logic in not wanting to sign him. Who wants the baggage, especially with a non-factor outfielder that Gibbons is/was?
But you know what? The letter worked! Gibbons will join the independent Atlantic League, a league already filled with has-beens like John Rocker, Carl Everett, Jose Offerman, and Juan Gonzalez. Gibbons will fit right in.
The letter appeared on a sidebar in a fairly obscure article on ESPN.com, so perhaps you haven't read it. For those who haven't, I've copy-and-pasted it for you... enjoy!
Writing this letter is both painful and humiliating. It has been almost six weeks since my release from the Orioles and I am still unable to land any opportunity at a second chance to play the game that I love.
I am young, healthy and determined. I have acknowledged and apologized for the mistake that I made and writing this letter should be proof enough that I have indeed suffered for my mistake.
I have faith and hope that some team will give me the chance to prove that I can not only be a productive player but also be a stellar member of their organization. My faith in a second chance has inspired me to work harder than I have at any time in my life. My faith has gotten me through this most difficult period in my life.
All I need is a chance -- any chance -- anywhere. I am more than willing to begin the process of proving that I can and will be a productive major league player by playing in the minor leagues.
As you know, I have played seven seasons in the big leagues and have hit 20-plus homeruns in three seasons and have hit .277 in three seasons (2003, 2005 and 2006). At 31 years old, I have NO DOUBT that my best baseball is ahead of me.
I know that my agents at ACES have tried to land me an opportunity in the minor leagues but have been met with negative responses by each and every Organization. I am not blind to the fact that I have made a mistake and that mistake has raised doubt about my character and ability. It is important that you know that my indiscretions, while regretful, were made in an effort to heal a nagging wrist injury. I would encourage you to speak with anyone in this game, including players, coaches, front office etc. who know me. I am confident that everyone you speak with will vouch for my character.
I respectfully and humbly request that you grant me the chance to play for your organization.
I am so willing to prove myself as a player, and a person, that I will donate ALL of my minor league earnings to your Club's charity. In the event that I earn the right to play at the major league level, I will gladly donate a significant sum to that same charity.
Once again, all I need is a chance and I will prove that I can be an extremely productive player and a great addition to your organization.
Please feel free to contact me directly [phone numbers redacted].
Thank you for your time and consideration.