Jeremy Bonderman plans a return
November, 6, 2012
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
Steven King/Icon SMIHe won 67 games for Detroit, but retired at age 27. Bonderman just turned 30.Jeremy Bonderman thought that watching the Tigers play in the World Series might fuel his desire to get back to the big leagues, and he did go to see Justin Verlander and other friends when the playoffs took Detroit through Oakland.
But the push for his comeback goes deeper than that, and began long before baseball's postseason began.
Bonderman, who just turned 30, started his workouts long before he had Tommy John surgery in April 2012. He explained over the phone Sunday that most weeks, he's training six days out of seven, and he has cut his weight from 245 to about 210 pounds, or what he weighed as he came out of high school.
"I just want to go out and play," he said. "I just want to go out and compete, and go out on my terms."
The right-hander has 193 starts in the majors and made tens of millions of dollars in the past. "It's not about the money," he said. "I want my son to be in the clubhouse. It's about proving something to myself and my kids."
It feels a heck of a lot better than it did when I left the game. The ball just comes out with that late life at the end.
-- Jeremy Bonderman