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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dallas Braden, pitcher of 19th MLB perfect game, retires

Dallas, Goodbye Club

Former A’s pitcher Dallas Braden told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday he is retiring from Major League Baseball after multiple surgeries have rendered his left shoulder a “shredded mess.”

The 30-year-old Braden is best known for authoring the 19th perfect game in Major League history on May 9, 2010—Mother’s Day—in a 4-0 Oakland victory over Tampa Bay.

“There is nothing left in there, it’s just a shredded mess,” Braden told the Chronicle. “I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum, and I’m OK with that.”

Braden finishes his career 26-36 with a 4.16 ERA in five seasons, all with the A’s. He last pitched in the Majors in 2011.

Braden told the Chronicle he was working out this offseason in hopes of a comeback but suffered a setback. An MRI showed his shoulder was too damaged to fix, he said.

“I wasn’t in a position to repeat my delivery, to pitch with any intention,” Braden told the newspaper. “That’s OK, I understood the odds I was facing. You have to face your mortality one day, and I have been so blessed in this game. If I take 10 minutes to be hacked off about it, it would be nine minutes too long. You can’t ask for more than I’ve been given, coming where my grandmother and I are coming from.”

Repoz Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. A triple short of the cycle Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM (#4639206)
As someone here at Primer said best, 'just when you thought his 15 minutes of fame were over...'
   2. Tripon Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:35 PM (#4639210)
Hopefully he doesn't decide to go and try to make video games.
   3. madvillain Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM (#4639212)
Braden seems like a good guy, best of luck to him in his post baseball career. Kinda sucks for him that by the time he got good enough to make any real money his arm gave out on him.
   4. A triple short of the cycle Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM (#4639213)
One of the reasons I like A-Rod is for his response to being heckled by Dallas Braden's grandmother.
DBGM: "Stick it, A-Rod!"
A-Rod: "Uncle!"
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4639214)
wow--in a span of 2 years, you had perfect games by Braden
26-36 with a 4.16 ERA in five seasons


and by Philip Humber (16-23, 5.31 ERA)

back in my day, you had to be at least a halfway decent pitcher to throw one (pace, Don Larsen)
   6. JE (Jason) Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4639215)
Will Braden spend the upcoming season following A-Rod following Selig?
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: January 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM (#4639221)
Ah, the perfect game. I will never forget when Len Barker threw his in the early 80's. Forever and a day they kept calling him
Len "perfect game" Barker. It had been a long time between drinks on the perfectos, everyone was pretty chuffed about it.
A lousy moniker, but hey it was early 80s and I think Duran Duran was still popular band, so mistakes were made.
   8. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 15, 2014 at 12:23 AM (#4639224)
That's how they quit in the 209.

   9. Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: January 15, 2014 at 08:14 AM (#4639292)
What does this mean for the continued existence of Bradenia?
   10. Bourbon Samurai Posted: January 15, 2014 at 08:34 AM (#4639300)
Ah well, too bad. He was a feisty fellow.
   11. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4639332)
He did about as well as anyone could have expected, given his fringy stuff.
   12. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: January 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4639529)
He seemed to have broadcaster potential.
   13. bunyon Posted: January 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM (#4639566)
Now that A-Rod is gone, there just is no reason for him to hang around anymore. The mound is safe, rest easy friend.
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM (#4639580)

Braden seems like a good guy, best of luck to him in his post baseball career. Kinda sucks for him that by the time he got good enough to make any real money his arm gave out on him.

True, but you could do a lot worse than having made $7.5 million by the time you're 30.
   15. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: January 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM (#4639596)
He seemed to have broadcaster potential.

Or pitching-coach potential.
The A's young pitchers seemed to appreciate his observations and advice, and he said a lot of pitching-smart stuff when he showed up on radio broadcasts.
   16. snowles Posted: January 15, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4639605)
So you're saying there's a chance he and A-Rod could be on the HOF ballot together?
   17. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: January 15, 2014 at 01:40 PM (#4639643)
I hope he has a giant pickup or something to compensate for his tiny penis, now that he no longer gets to be a douche all over the field.
   18. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 15, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4639809)
So you're saying there's a chance he and A-Rod could be on the HOF ballot together?

Not unless he (and correspondingly A-Rod) plays another 5 seasons, no.
   19. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 15, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4639850)
Don't let the back door hit you where the dog should've bit you, Mr. "Get Off My Lawn Mound" Man. You might have been the only person in history who made Alex Rodriguez look like a normal human being by comparison.
   20. Swedish Chef Posted: January 15, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4639860)
You might have been the only person in history who made Alex Rodriguez look like a normal human being by comparison.

Him and Madonna.

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