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Dallas Braden

  1. 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…

  2. Dallas Braden, who once twirled a perfect game, to showcase for teams in January

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Lefty Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against the Rays on Mother’s Day — May 9, 2010. He finished the year with a 3.50 ERA in 192.2 innings, ranking as a solid #3 option in the Athletics’ rotation behind Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill. Following surgery on the anterior capsule in his left shoulder in…

  3. Yusmeiro Petit so far from and so close to perfection

    Sep 7, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

    Yusmeiro Petit, Eric Chavez

    Yusmeiro Petit was one pitch away from what might have been the most unlikely perfect game of all-time. Inches really. The 2-2 pitch to Eric Chavez easily could have been called a strike in a typical situation, even without the help overzealous umpires sometimes give in no-hitter situations. Then Hunter Pence came up just short…

  4. Pitcher who took $7 million for nothing decries “welfare leeches”

    Jul 31, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Braden has contacted me on Twitter, taking issue. He says that he does not believe all welfare recipients are “leeches.” Rather, only those who use drugs and receive public assistance are “leeches.”  He has not explained to me how that squares with his desire to “test the welfare leeches” for drugs. Because, if they’re…

  5. Dallas Braden is apparently thinking about a comeback

    Apr 22, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Or else he’s just bored and is messing around on Twitter: Dear baseball,It’s late, i miss u. Been thinkin’ bout u & me,1 more shot? We can make it work! Would a submarine delivery spice things up? — Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) April 22, 2013   Braden hasn’t pitched in two years and since then has…

  6. Phil Hughes may not be ready for the start of the season

    Feb 27, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his upper back early last week and hasn’t made a whole lot of progress in the days since. Which prompted manager Joe Girardi to tell Byran Hoch of MLB.com this afternoon that “it’s possible” Hughes won’t be on the active roster when the 2013…

  7. Dallas Braden will be pitching in a new area code next year

    Oct 30, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Dallas Braden‘s days with the A’s are over: Dallas Braden is a free agent. #Athletics outright him and Joey Devine. Both elected to be free agents. — John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) October 30, 2012 Devine is a Tommy John disaster — he’s had two TJ surgeries in three years. Braden’s issue has been his shoulder, which…

  8. Dallas Braden loses his cool at anti-violence meeting

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden

    A’s left-hander Dallas Braden kind of looked like he wanted to hurt someone, which is more than a little ironic given that he’s angry about the increased violence and the lack of response from the police force in his hometown of Stockton, California. CBS Sacramento has the video, which includes an impromptu interview with a bat-toting Braden.…

  9. A’s rule out Brett Anderson for regular season

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    It was a given that Brett Anderson would miss at least one start after suffering a strained right oblique during his outing Wednesday, but manager Bob Melvin dropped the bad news Thursday that the left-hander was done for at least the regular season. Anderson entered Wednesday’s outing 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts…

  10. Exploratory surgery on Dallas Braden finds torn rotator cuff

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Dallas Braden had his shoulder operated on for the second time in 18 months and the news wasn’t good. Braden went under the knife for “exploratory” surgery and doctors found a torn rotator cuff, which is a different injury that the torn capsule he had repaired in early 2011. In fact, A’s trainer Nick Paparesta…

  11. Felix Hernandez is about as perfect as any pitcher ever

    Aug 15, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    There wasn’t even a near-miss in this one. Felix Hernandez dominated the Rays from top to bottom on Wednesday, striking out 12 in a perfect game to beat Tampa Bay 1-0. It was his first career no-hitter and the first perfect game in Mariners history. As for the Rays, this is becoming old hat for…

  12. Dallas Braden to undergo another shoulder surgery

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Dallas Braden hasn’t pitched in a major league game since April 16, 2011. And now his absence will stretch into the 2013 campaign. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said this afternoon that Braden will undergo a second surgery on his left shoulder. Braden has been sidelined all…

  13. Flawless: Matt Cain throws a perfect game versus Astros

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain turned in one of the most dominant performances in recent memory Wednesday night, going 27 up and 27 down against the Astros for the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. Cain was overpowering with 14 strikeouts, which ties Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfect game. And the Giants right-hander also…

  14. Philip Humber is perfect. The Mariners are anything but.

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    While most of the baseball-loving nation was forced to watch another a typical Red Sox-Yankees four-hour marathon, Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in big-league history Saturday in the White Sox’s 4-0 win over the Mariners. The perfect game is largely the providence of great pitchers, but Humber is certainly more Dallas Braden than…

  15. Dallas Braden will be shut down for the next three weeks

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    When Dallas Braden strained his surgically-repaired shoulder last week, the A’s weren’t exactly sure how bad of a setback it would be to his ongoing recovery. But that information has since been revealed. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, A’s manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Braden will be shut down for…

  16. Dallas Braden suffers setback in form of shoulder strain

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

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    A’s left-hander Dallas Braden underwent surgery nearly 11 months ago to repair a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder. And it’s now a certainty that his recovery will take over a year. According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Braden suffered a shoulder strain while playing catch last week at the…

  17. Springtime Storylines: Who are the Oakland Athletics?

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Oakland Athletics

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Somewhere in the Bay Area Probably Oakland A’s. The Big Question: Who are these guys? To say the A’s…

  18. Dallas Braden will not travel to Japan for A’s opening series

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    This season officially begins later this month when the A’s play a two-game series against the Mariners in Japan, but left-hander Dallas Braden will not make the trip with the team as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Braden threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, but told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  19. The Oakland A’s in 2014

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Though they’ve since made moves geared more for the short-term in re-signing Coco Crisp and trading for Seth Smith, the A’s pretty much gave up on 2012 when they shipped out pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey for youngsters. That’s still true even after they anted up $36 million for Yoenis Cespedes. Their eyes are…

  20. Running down the rosters: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki, Brandon McCarthy

    At least to the outside eye, it seems like the A’s have lacked a plan since they shipped off Matt Holliday after 93 games in 2009. It finally appeared that they were going for a full rebuild this winter, but after trading Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez, they re-signed Coco Crisp for $14…

  21. Dallas Braden throws for first time since shoulder surgery

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Dallas Braden took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in May, throwing 25 pitches and then telling his Twitter followers that his “arm feels great” and “I wept with joy.” Braden made headlines for his perfect game in 2010 and squabble with Alex Rodriguez over mound ownership in Oakland, but…

  22. Dallas Braden cleared to begin throwing off a mound

    Jan 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden made only three starts last season before requiring surgery in May to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. He’s hoping for a far better experience in 2012. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Braden will throw off a mound Monday for the first time since going under the…

  23. Athletics and Dallas Braden agree on one-year contract

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The Athletics and Dallas Braden avoided arbitration today by agreeing on a one-year contract, the team announced. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that he’ll make a $3.35 million base salary and could earn an additional $400,000 with performance-based incentives. He made the same salary in 2011 and was arbitration-eligible for the second…

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