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Dallas Braden retires from baseball at age 30

Jan 14, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

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Via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Dallas Braden, the former A’s left-hander who pitched the 19th perfect game in major-league history, told me today that he is retiring after failing to come back from multiple shoulder surgeries.

“There is nothing left in there, it’s just a shredded mess,” Braden told Slusser by phone on Tuesday. “I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum, and I’m OK with that. … [That perfect game] will always define the one solid day of work I had and the fact that I got to share it with my grandmother, only a few people appreciate the magnitude of that. That was living the dream. … You have to face your mortality one day.”

Braden mowed down 27 straight Rays batters on May 9, 2010, recording six strikeouts, seven groundball outs, 14 flyball outs and using 109 pitches. That moment produced these memorable images (via Getty):

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Braden pitched only 18 major league innings after that 2010 campaign and will call it quits at age 30 having made just 94 total appearances in the bigs. He finishes with a 4.16 career ERA and 1.325 career WHIP.

  1. chacochicken - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    With a perfect game under his belt and on the field threats of violence directed at Arod, I’m guessing he’ll be on the HOF ballot for at least a decade.

    • wendell7 - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Get off my mound!

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      the pitching mound is no longer his universe.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      He pitched to the score.

  2. flickflint - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Was surprised to read this article and not have it mention a rod

  3. johnnysoda - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    That’s a shame- especially since he pitched pretty well in 2009 and 2010. Here’s hoping he finds success in his retired life.

  4. Bryz - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    With A-Rod finally off the field, Braden no longer felt the need to defend the mound.

  5. clydeserra - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Honestly, I bet he latches on as a pitching coach. He did wonders for Gio Gonzalez.

  6. ningenito78 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    @Bryz hahaha

  7. tfbuckfutter - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    I love pictures of people mean-mugging on the beach in front of palm trees.

    It conveys the attitude of “Yo! It’s tough out here on these streets but if you survive you can still get a killer tan. Maybe do some rollerblading.”

  8. dw3dw - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Too bad he couldn’t make it back. He had an great change up and a great pick-off move. He was a good example of a guy who made the most of his talent.

  9. APBA Guy - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Sad day, but one we A’s fans have been expecting for a while now. His no-hitter was unforgettable, as were the times his grandmother brought eclairs to the booth for Ray and Glen. You’ve never seen a happier man than Ray Fosse anticipating that first bite of eclair.

    • clydeserra - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      did you catch the A’s lineup? Pennington, Barton, sweeney?, Kouzmanoff, Chavez (dh), crosby?(2b), Patterson, powell and #11 CF…matt carson?

  10. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    He seems to have hung in there long enough to get ARod not only off his mound but to see him out of baseball…for a while.

  11. pisano - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Look on the bright side, though his baseball career is over, his managerial career of his trailer park is just about to begin, and I’m sure it’ll be a long one. This guy was a whack job from day one, and the Arod thing was 100% proof of that, good riddance.

  12. 1historian - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Good more, big guy and – thanks for the memories.

  13. realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    To fill the void in his life, Braden plans to build a mound in his front yard and spend his retirement yelling at passersby to stay off it.

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