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Lefty reliever Bill Bray announces his retirement

Mar 16, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

Southpaw Bill Bray, a six-year Major League veteran, announced his retirement via Twitter on Sunday evening.

Bray had expressed intent to continue his career in February, but he says he injured his left shoulder again and will need labrum surgery.

Bray retires with a 3.74 ERA in 197 1/3 innings with the Reds and Nationals. We wish him the best of luck post-baseball.

An interesting Bray factoid from @BRefPlayIndex:

  1. andreweac - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Surprised Ryan Howard was able to make contact with a lefty specialist pitch.

  2. halfthemoney - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Bill Bray is a class act. Attended the same church in Williamsburg, VA. In 2006 myself, brother and son went on a BB road trip up the east coast that included Cooperstown. We saw Bill pitch at Fenway and he talked to us from the bullpen after I told the catcher to mention W’burg Baptist Church even though security was staring us down. At Camden Yards on the way home we talked again right next to the field before the game. I noticed my son holding a ball and started to ask him where he got it and realized Bill had handed it to him as we shook hands. I’m 48 and have watched a LOT of BB and that is my favorite memory.

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