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Phillies 2008 World Series Hero Brad Lidge Plans to Retire

The most iconic photo of Brad Lidge.

The most iconic photo of Brad Lidge.

Free-agent reliever and former Phillies Brad Lidge has informed his agents, Rex Gary & Jim Turner, that he plans to retire.

Lidge, who was a perfect 41-for-41 in the regular season and another 7-for-7 in save opportunities during the Phillies 2008 World Series championship season, will hang the cleats up after 11 seasons in the Majors.

Lidge’s career was filled with ultimate lows and highs, including the infamous home run he gave up to Albert Pujols in 2005 to his perfect season as a Phillie.

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Nats Reportedly DFA Lidge

According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, the Washington Nationals have designated right-handed reliever Brad Lidge for assignment.

Comack added that nothing has been made official from the team yet but Lidge wasn’t included in today’s lineup card. UPDATE: It’s official.

Lidge, 35, is struggling in 2012. In 11 games he’s 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.

Though he’s been bad, it would be an interesting option for the Phillies, who boast one of the worst bullpens in baseball.

Lidge may have struggled in Washington but if he’s put back in a familiar situation with a familiar pitching coach in Rich Dubee, he could turn into a competent arm out of the pen.

Matt Gelb feels it’s unlikely the Phils pursue Lidge because his history past was a red flag this off season.

Lidge on Nats: “Probably the most talented team I’ve ever been on”

Davey Johnson must be sharing his “cough medicine” with the rest of his team now.

Former Phillies closer, and 2008 World Series hero, said that the 2012 Washington Nationals are the most talented team he’s been on.

“Probably the most talented team I’ve ever been on, and I’ve been on some great teams,” Lidge said.

I have no comment.

 

The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

Brad Lidge, who like Tugger, will be remembered for his iconic celebration to close the final game of only the 2nd championship in 130 years of Phillies baseball. (mlb.com/Mary Schwalm)

The phrase “what have you done for me lately” has become somewhat of an anthem for Philadelphia fans.

And rightfully so it may seem, the sense of nostalgia and gratitude come to mind when referencing some of Philadelphia’s most notable athletes.

A little over three years ago, though recent, hardly counts under “lately” but in the case of Brad Lidge, it doesn’t really matter.

What Lidge did during the 2008 season, especially in the closing month of October, will always define his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, regardless how the final three years here played out.

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Phils, Pence in a tug-of-war; Lidge close to signing with Nats

Arbitration is one of the most frustrating parts of the off season. And the Phillies and right fielder Hunter Pence are both finding this out the hard way.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, both parties are $2.8 million off their amounts for arbitration.

Pence filed for $11.8 million while the Phillies put in for $9 million. He made $6.6 million in 2011.

This isn’t something new for Pence’s agent, who took Pence and the Houston Astros to arbitration last off season.

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Phils offer arbitration to Madson, Rollins, Ibanez

In a move to get compensation for possibly losing three crucial free agents this off season, the Phillies offered arbitration to closer Ryan Madson, short stop Jimmy Rollins and left fielder Raul Ibanez.

All three have until December 7 to accept or decline the arbitration. If they accept, they will sign a one-year deal with the dollar amount determined through arbitration. If they decline and sign elsewhere, the Phillies will be compensated for the loss.

Both Rollins and Madson are considered elite free agents. If they sign elsewhere, the Phillies will receiver two picks: one being a sandwich pick, and the other depending on where the signing team’s first-round selection falls – if it’s a top 15 pick, the Phils get a 2nd rounder. If it’s below, the Phils get that pick. In this case, they’d hope a good team signs one of the free agents.

With the Phillies signing Jonathan Papelbon last week, it looks like the Phils will be getting compensation from Madson, who will be seeking a nice pay day elsewhere.

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Phils decline options for Lidge, Oswalt

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“(The) Phillies, as expected, decline options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge,” according to Matt Gelb on Twitter.

Oswalt was expected to make $16 million in 2012 if the Phils took up his option. They had a $2 million buyout on his contract. Lidge’s option was worth $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout.

Both players will likely not be back with the Phillies if Oswalt decides to not retire or take less money or if Lidge decides to take less money.

GM Ruben Amaro did say in a statement that he would negotiate with both pitchers.

This could have very well been Oswalt’s last chance at a World Series ring, a complete shame indeed.

Lidge plunks Gomes with bases loaded; Phils lose

Rookie reliever Michael Schwimer pitches in his major league debut. He allowed a run on two hits and struck out four in three innings. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

It was a slider that just wouldn’t break.

Brad Lidge came inside on Jonny Gomes with the slider but the breaking ball hung, hitting Gomes. The only problem with that was the fact it was the bottom of the 10th and the bases were loaded. Ryan Zimmerman, Friday night’s hero with a walk-off grand slam, trotted home as the game’s winning run.

You can say the Phillies were cursed with the two most dramatic evils in getting walked-off. On one side, Ryan Madson gave up six runs in the 9th inning, capped by a grand slam by Zimmerman in the Nats 8-4 win Friday. Then there was Brad Lidge, greeted again with the bases loaded and losing the game for the Phils in the most anti-climactic way: a walk-off hit batter to lost 5-4.

The last time that’s happened for the Phils? Try 1998 when Mark Leiter hit Richard Hidalgo of the Houston Astros.

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Howard stays hot; Phils sweep again

Phils closer Brad Lidge celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz after closing out the Phils 8-6 win over Rockies. It was Lidge's 100th career save as a Phillie. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

There is a runaway train running through the majors called the Philadelphia Phillies and it is not about to stop.

And the conductor of that train is the home run hitting first baseman Ryan Howard. The Big Piece knocked another home run out this series, his third in the last two games, as he had another big day to lead the Phils over the Rockies, 8-6, and complete the sweep.

It was the sixth straight win for the Phils, who still hold an eight-game lead on the 2nd place Braves.

Howard went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and four RBIs. You can attribute some of that success to the arrival of Hunter Pence. Since Pence was traded to the Phillies and inserted behind Howard in the line up, Howard is hitting .409(9-for-22) in five games with three doubles, four homers and nine RBIs.

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Lidge returns; Baez gets axed

Brad Lidge is back in red pinstripes. And it came at the cost of Danys Baez.

Lidge, who had been battling elbow and shoulder problems this off season before getting surgery to repair the problems, has worked his way up to being ready, pitching very impressively the past couple days heading up to his return.

Baez was 2-4 with a 6.25 ERA in 29 appearances this season. He went 5-8 with a 5.81 ERA in 80 games over the past two seasons for the Phillies.

Matt Gelb, who has turned into one of my favorite writers ever the past year, hit the nail on the head once again. I wonder how many more idiots will attack him for this tweet. – you know, the same idiots who attacked him for “jinxing” one of our aces’ no-no in the 6th.

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