Ziegler Announces Retirement

Brad Ziegler Mia 2018

Yesterday, on his 39th birthday, Brad Ziegler, one of the elder statesmen from the Valley League, announced his retirement from baseball.

A New Market Rebel all the way back in 2000, Ziegler made the most of what some might call modest ability, using a submariner motion to keep hitters off balance and keep batted balls on the ground.

Over his 11 years in the major leagues, Brad went 37-38, 2.75, with 105 saves, a 1.257 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, and 6.0 K/9 in 717 1/3 total innings. Incredibly, he led the National League with 82 appearances in 2018, like he did back in 2013 with 78.

In his rookie year, all the way back in 2008, Brad started his career with 39 scoreless innings… and he never looked back from there. He finished that season 3-0, 1.06, with 11 saves, a 1.156 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, and 4.5 K/9 in 59 2/3 innings. He finished 8th in the Rookie of the Year voting.

Brad’s name is sprinkled throughout the All-time Valley League record book. For his career, he ranks 4th in saves, tied for 16th in wins, 13th in strikeouts (479), and tied for 5th in WAR (13.0). His 2015 season, when he saved 30 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks, ranks 11th in the seasonal rankings.

Congratulations on an amazing career, Brad!

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Brad’s retirement letter on twitter

 

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