Last week, I wrote a blog post about former Oriole Jay Gibbons writing an emotional letter to all 30 major league organizations pleading for a job, even at the minor league level. As Orioles followers know, Gibbons, once a fan favorite, was named in the Mitchell Report as having received a shipment of human growth hormone, and he subsequently admitted his culpability. After a miserable start to spring training, Gibbons was released by the Orioles in March even though he is still owed about $12 million.
Gibbons could have quietly faded away, but he apparently feels he has something to prove - maybe to himself. His note to teams read, in part: "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. ... My faith in a second chance has inspired me to work harder than I have at any time in my life."
While Gibbons' appeal might been impassioned, it was not persuasive. No major league team took him in. However, he recently landed a roster spot on the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. As humble an opportunity as it might be, it is the second chance that Gibbons asked for.
It's now up to him to make the most of it.