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.
Lidge was traded from the Astros to the Phillies before the 2008 season. During that season, Lidge was one of the key parts to the first championship team in Philadelphia since 1980.
Lidge would struggle in the three following seasons in Philadelphia, all being linked to knee and elbow injuries that killed his velocity and lessened the effectiveness of his dirt-seeking missile he calls a slider.
He signed as a free agent with the Nationals before the 2012 season but more injuries shortened his final season in the Majors.
Lidge saved 225 games and finished with a 26-32 record and 3.54 ERA.
Lidge will be remembered for his role in 2008 as well as being one of the most honest, candid and proud relievers in today’s game. Lidge always made himself available to do an interview with media, even after a bad blown save or a bad outing in general.
Happy trails, Brad. Thanks for the memories and thanks for 2008.