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Injuries force Cy Young winner Brandon Webb to retire

Feb 4, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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After a series of unsuccessful comebacks from shoulder injuries former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb has decided to retire, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

Before all the arm problems Webb had a nasty power sinker that produced tons of ground balls along with a good strikeout rate, which is a rare combination that’s essentially ideal for a pitcher. Among the 136 pitchers with at least 1,000 innings since 2000 he had the highest ground-ball rate at 64.2 percent and the lowest home run rate at 0.63 per nine innings.

That’s some serious worm-killing.

He debuted for the Diamondbacks in 2004 and posted an ERA below 3.60 in each of his first six seasons, combining to throw 1,315 innings with a 3.24 ERA during that time. And before the shoulder injury Webb was incredibly durable too, tossing an average of 227 innings per season from 2004-2008.

Unfortunately he started to show signs of being hurt in late 2008 and then was shut down after starting on Opening Day in 2009. And he never pitched in the majors again, retiring now at age 33. Webb won the Cy Young award in 2006, finished runner-up in both 2007 and 2008 … and then it was all over. Injuries suck.

  1. thebadguyswon - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Not a surprise. I remember watching his last start and you knew something was very wrong. Loved watching him pitch.

  2. throwmetheidol - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Brandon was a super nice guy. I had the privilege to meet him a couple of times. Such a shame his career was cute short by the shoulder injury.

  3. azvikefan - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    That’s too bad. I loved watching him as a D-back. 2006,2007 he was lights out.

  4. 13arod - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    he was about to sign don’t know why he retired

  5. Old Gator - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Always a shame to see a brilliant career cut short like that – especially in these times of near-miraculous surgical achievements. Best to him in whatever he chooses to do with the rest of his time.

    • missthemexpos - Feb 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      So much can be done when the injury involves the elbow (Tommy John surgery), but still a long way to go with many of the shoulder injuries,the end result that some great pitchers are out of baseball way too soon.

  6. stretch53 - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Sad news. Great pitcher, nice guy. I wish him well.

  7. whmiv21 - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Such a shame. He was probably the best pitcher in baseball in that three year stretch.

  8. babych99 - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Got to give the guy a ton of credit, never gave up, attempted numerous comebacks, at least he gave his all.

  9. ridgeavenuehr - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Hey Brandon, you were good.

  10. billysabre - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    1st class pitcher for 4 years. But “power sinker” pitchers don’t last.

  11. caeser12 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Too Bad. He was “gritty” too.

  12. viper10333 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Cy Young forced to retire wow……… I thought he was gone years ago

  13. proudliberal85392 - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Sad news. Loved watching Webb here in the desert. The guy was the best.

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