Brandon Webb announces retirement from MLB

Brandon Webb has decided to retire from baseball. His agents, Jonathan Maurer and Mike Montana of Millennium Sports, broke the news to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, making it known that the 33-year-old will not pursue another comeback.

"With retirement, Brandon looks forward to focusing on more time with his family,'' the statement said. "He would like to thank all the countless coaches, players and friends for their support during his career.''

Webb broke into the majors at age 24 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He received consideration for National League Rookie of the Year that season, and he continued to post impressive numbers during his time with Arizona. He won the NL Cy Young Award as a 27-year-old and averaged over 30 starts per season over his first six years with the Diamondbacks.

However, Webb then ran into injury issues, specifically involving his throwing shoulder. The last time he appeared at the major league level was 2009, and he last pitched professionally in 2011 with the Texas Rangers’ Double-A affiliate.

Webb seemed to receive interest from several teams, including the Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins and New York Mets, this offseason. Still, he ultimately decided to hang up his cleats rather than take another shot at returning to his prior form.

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