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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Brad Lidge Reportedly Retiring

And Pujols’ home run has finally landed…

After several injury-riddled seasons and dealing with the loss of velocity on his fastball, it appears Brad Lidge is hangin’ ‘em up. Jayson Stark of ESPN broke the news via Twitter that Lidge, 35, will retire.

Last season, Lidge was cut by the Nationals after posting an ERA near 10 during his stint there. He was brought in for veteran leadership, but just could not cut it with a sagging fastball and a predictable slider.

Of course, we all remember that beautiful slider, the hug with Chooch, and 48-for-48. Lidge will forever remain an icon in this city for the remarkable season he put forth in 2008.

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2012 at 11:10 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tripon Posted: December 02, 2012 at 11:26 PM (#4314910)
Brad Lidge pitched like he was retired for the last three years.
   2. Meatwad Posted: December 03, 2012 at 01:18 AM (#4314961)
somewhere on Mars, that homerun just flew by
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 03, 2012 at 05:21 AM (#4314997)
The NASA Rover sent back this footage.
   4. Gamingboy Posted: December 03, 2012 at 06:11 AM (#4315001)
I've been beaten to it with the Pujols HR jokes.
   5. Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: December 03, 2012 at 06:18 AM (#4315003)
"a sagging fastball".. not an oft uttered word grouping.
   6. Greg K Posted: December 03, 2012 at 06:19 AM (#4315004)
For your viewing pleasure.

Lidge can take consolation from the fact that his team won that series, and he still had good years (and a World Series Championship) ahead of him. But that was...I don't know exactly what that was, but watching it happen it was immediately apparent that it was something.
   7. AndrewJ Posted: December 03, 2012 at 07:30 AM (#4315009)
Thanks for 2008, Brad. You deserved the Cy Young Award.
   8. The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2012 at 08:54 AM (#4315042)
Lidge began as Billy Wagner's set-up man, succeeded him as Philly's closer, and at the end, still couldn't get past him.

Lidge struck out 11.919 batters per 9 innings. So Wagner holds on to the all-time record for 500+ IP... with 11.920 batters per 9 innings.

I would suggest that Lidge come back just to see if he can strike out the first batter he faces, but there's virtually no record more doomed to fall than this one either way.
   9. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: December 03, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4315082)
Rarely has a p;ayer combined so good and so terrible in the same career as thoroughly as Brad Lidge.
   10. ((('Spos))) Posted: December 03, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4315439)
For your viewing pleasure.


The expressions on the two carpetbaggers makes this clip.
   11. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 03, 2012 at 02:31 PM (#4315492)
Rarely has a p;ayer combined so good and so terrible in the same career as thoroughly as Brad Lidge.

Well said. That said, Lidge drinks for free in Philly for eternity.
   12. I am going to be Frank Posted: December 03, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4315503)
Even after he screwed me over a couple years ago, every year I consider drafting him on my fantasy team. He's finally made it easy for me now.
   13. Karl from NY Posted: December 03, 2012 at 03:44 PM (#4315593)
I would suggest that Lidge come back just to see if he can strike out the first batter he faces

Technically, all he'd need to do is make sure the first _out_ he gets is a strikeout. His defense could force this to happen: on every ball in play, just allow the batter to reach base, until Lidge gets one K.

(This post brought to you by the campaign to establish K/PA as the standard metric instead of K/IP, which is actually measuring what percentage of _outs_ came by strikeout.)
   14. flournoy Posted: December 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4315674)
there's virtually no record more doomed to fall than this one either way.


Through 160.3 innings, Kimbrel is at 15.9 K/9. Chapman is at 14.1 through 135.0, though his rate will probably suffer from starting.

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