Brad Lidge was once one of the most dominant closers in baseball. However, injuries and what can only be described as the yips for a reliever settled in and derailed his career. Now, Lidge has decided to retire at the age of 35.
Jayson Stark of ESPN reported last night that Lidge has opted for retirement rather than attempt a comeback.
Free-agent reliever Brad Lidge has informed his agents, Rex Gary & Jim Turner, that he plans to retire. One of the all-time class acts.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 3, 2012
Lidge was placed on the disabled list numerous times in 2012, and he had abdominal surgery in late April. Lidge was never able to get himself right. He appeared in just 11 games for the Washington Nationals in 2012 before eventually being released.
Lidge was the guy who was going to bride the gap between the injured Drew Storen and shutting the door on Nationals wins. He was a temporary closer after so many years as being the primary guy. However, even in his reduced role, Lidge struggled. In those 11 games with Washington, Lidge posted a 9.64 ERA.
Lidge was dominant while closing games for the Houston Astros. He saved 42 games in 2005 - the year the Astros went to the World Series. In total, Lidge saved 123 games with Houston and had a 3.30 ERA. For his career, Lidge finishes with 225 saves and a 3.54 ERA. He can hold his head high and know a lot of players would kill for career numbers like that.