Ex-Hogs Player Bridges Calls It Quits

FAYETTEVILLE -- Former Razorbacks second baseman Scott Bridges said Monday he will not pursue a career in professional baseball.

"I'm happy with the accomplishments I've had and I'm ready to call it quits," Bridges said. "I made the decision ... oh, maybe a couple of days ago."

Bridges, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior from White Hall, was taken in the eighth round by the San Francisco Giants on the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 7.

He was the 252nd player chosen.

Bridges, along with senior center fielder Casey Rowlett, was suspended March 29 for violating a team rule.

"I just decided I didn't want to play anymore," Bridges said. "One of the Giants officials call shortly after the draft. I visited with a scout and we talked about things. It took about a week to get everything settled.

"Finally, I decided not to play anymore."

Bridges was one of three former Razorbacks players drafted this year. The others were senior shortstop Scott Hode, who was picked in the 25th round (730th pick overall) by the Chicago Cubs and Rowlett, who was chosen in the 32nd round (980th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals.

"As I understand it, I think my contract still is pending with the Giants," Bridges said. "If I should change my mind in the next week or two, I could come back."

Bridges said he does not regret his decision.

Before his suspension, Bridges was hitting .410 and had stolen 22 of 24 bases. He played in 22 games, starting 21 of them. He had 3 home runs and 15 RBIs this season.

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