Dallas Braden To Retire

Former Athletics starter Dallas Braden has decided to retire, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Braden has not thrown a professional pitch since 2011, but had intended to put on a showcase for teams this winter in hopes of getting a chance to work back.

Now 30, the southpaw had a stellar campaign for the A's back in 2010 as a 26-year-old. He put up a 3.50 ERA in 192 2/3 innings, capping things off by throwing a memorable perfect game. Braden was off to a nice start early in the 2011 campaign when he succumbed to a series of shoulder and rotator cuff issues. The A's allowed Braden to become a free agent before last season rather than tendering him arbitration. 

Slusser reports that Braden's comeback plans were shelved when a recent MRI revealed that the damage was beyond fixing. “There is nothing left in there, it's just a shredded mess,” Braden told Slusser. “I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum, and I'm okay with that."


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47 Comments on "Dallas Braden To Retire"


Tre-Day
Tre-Day
1 year 7 months ago

I know this is typically reserved for superstars or players that spend a decade with a single team, but the A’s should sign Braden to a one-day deal and let him retire an Athletic. It would be a nice gesture to a guy that was loved by the fans, and who threw out his shoulder for the team. Obviously a bit different, but I’d be in favor of it. Idk, maybe I’m just sad that a guy with a lot of potential wasn’t ever really able to show us what he could do.

EDIT: Said one-year deal, meant one-day

jpkinney7
1 year 7 months ago

He retired an Athletic, though. He never signed with another organization.

DMiles5149
1 year 7 months ago

How bout more than 30 wins before we honor the guy. Since when does every player ever need a little trophy?

Mark Marno
1 year 7 months ago

“Every player”??? You’re clearly not an A’s fan. This guy was everything for the A’s at a time when there wasn’t much else to root for. He delivered one of the greatest moments in A’s history with his perfect game on Mother’s Day. Even though he might have left the team, his “stay off my mound” attitude never has. I really hope the A’s do something special for him next year, because he defintely deserves it.

Curt Green
1 year 7 months ago

Maybe “roll” out the first pitch on Opening day.

DMiles5149
1 year 7 months ago

There are A’s fans? You wouldn’t know from the empty seats. And saying this guy was everything for the A’s is laughable. Although it’s not surprising as A’s “fans” are simply happy to compete than actually win anything.

I Want My Bird
1 year 7 months ago

Don’t know where you’re coming from with this negativity, but it’s off base. The atmosphere for A’s games is great with the die-hard fans, and the empty seats are largely due to it being a football stadium. You can trash the stadium, but not the team or it’s fans. Was there for Green Day night last year, place was absolutely packed and rocking. I’m an LA fan that tries to get up there at least once every year, and can appreciate large market and small market. I enjoy getting a seat down by the field for a reasonable price.

DMiles5149
1 year 7 months ago

Averaging 22,000 a game at home last year is really a great atmosphere for sure.

I Want My Bird
1 year 7 months ago

Well 52,000 at Dodger Stadium unfortunately means 30,000 jerks, so maybe that’s my reference point. I took my whole office to Opening Day, never will again. Oakland has a rep for being a rough town, I’ve never had problems with people in the seats around me (insert because there’s no one around you joke here).

ColoredPaper
1 year 7 months ago

Quit feeding the troll, Puig!

DMiles5149
1 year 7 months ago

I get what you’re saying but wouldn’t you rather go to a game in a packed house with a playoff like atmosphere? Maybe I’m in the minority but I would. And I don’t ever problems at Yankee Stadium with other fans or even Fenway Park for that matter when I go as a Yankees fan. Maybe it’s just LA.

Ronald Garcia
1 year 6 months ago

gonna miss that player a good pitcher he was

Curt Green
1 year 7 months ago

Since the 80’s when kids were being taught that there should be no score kept and everyone should feel good about themselves by getting a “participation ribbon”.

connfyoozed .
1 year 7 months ago

I am not an A’s fan, just a baseball fan. Why anyone would choose to be so cynical towards that idea? Sure, it’s never going to happen, but does that mean you have to trash it and turn the thread into an anti-Athletic fan and “participation ribbon” critique? I just don’t get the vitriol here.

LazerTown
1 year 7 months ago

He just couldn’t continue to play in world where A-Rod wasn’t running all over his mound.

Kev D7
1 year 7 months ago

Beat me to it!

D.j. Wilson
1 year 7 months ago

Yet another reason to hate A-Rod

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start_wearing_purple
1 year 7 months ago

Sorry to hear. I always thought the guy had the ability to be a front of the rotation.

whynot49
1 year 7 months ago

Let’s take this moment to remember Dallas Braden’s perfect game back on Mother’s Day 2010, only the 19th in history as of that point. As an A’s fan I watched him develop from a soft-throwing joke of a lefty to a very dependable 3-4 starter in just a few years.

I really love his quote in the third paragraph. Reminds me a lot of what I did my senior season back in high school. Knew there was damage to ligaments, but it just made me want it that much more.

MrSativa
1 year 7 months ago

As a Rays fan I’m still trying to forget it.

Guest
1 year 7 months ago

Well that escalated quickly…

Ben_Cherington
1 year 7 months ago

GET OFF MY MOUND

Dalek Jeter
1 year 7 months ago

Nice pitcher, but even his “stellar” 2010 campaign was really only decent. I mean he only struck out 5.8 per 9, walked 2 per 9, FIP was in the high 3s.

Dbacksfan44
1 year 7 months ago

Its a shame that he needs to retire when he is only 30

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 7 months ago

He earned over $7 million dollars. And now probably doesn’t have to work unless he wants to. I think he’ll be okay.

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 7 months ago

This seems like the right time with the A-Rod suspension. A fitting end, to perhaps the end of both careers.

Curt Green
1 year 7 months ago

And Dallas gets the love….not the other guy whose name I refuse to speak.

Ace McCloud®
1 year 7 months ago

I loved watching Dallas throw in the green and gold. I’ll never forget his perfect game.

rossington
1 year 7 months ago

Wonder how much he made.

Curt Green
1 year 7 months ago

$7,530,000 via Baseball Reference.

coreif
1 year 7 months ago

mlbtr staff, can you add a new tag category for “retires?”

D.j. Wilson
1 year 7 months ago

Great idea!

GarrettA
1 year 7 months ago

Dallas will be missed, awesome guy

chad
1 year 7 months ago

Perfect game on Mother’s Day

D.j. Wilson
1 year 7 months ago

Yo Dallas, we will FOREVER love you for your amazing performance on Mother’s Day. Classy guy, great personality, you were always one of my favorites. Enjoy your retirement and keep reppin’ the 209!!

Revery
1 year 7 months ago

-“I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum, and I’m okay with that.”

That is a cool retirement quote.

connfyoozed .
1 year 7 months ago

I agree completely. I never watched him pitch much, but him saying that makes me wish I had.

ludafish
1 year 7 months ago

This is one of those moments where they need to look at HGH and the positive uses of it. There are probably ways to fix him using it and a way to do it without him getting a competitive edge. Maybe he isnt the greatest example, but what if Buster Posey doesnt recover from his injury or gets another one and is done? Its bad for baseball to not have him, and he could probably take HGH under a doctor and trainer and come back, because people want to pay to see him play. Its a shame for a guy who did all he could for his team with his average stuff retire at 30 for a shoulder injury. I forget what player brought this up, but its something to look in to.

MrSativa
1 year 7 months ago

Stem cell and 3D printing. Baseball players can afford new technology.

Ryan
1 year 7 months ago

Enjoy Retirement Dallas sadly it came sooner than it should have

MetsEventually
1 year 7 months ago

This is so sad!

Steve Moore
1 year 7 months ago

Interesting that he was 25 in 2010 but now in 2014 he’s 30? Man ages quickly.

ColoredPaper
1 year 7 months ago

Ya, I think mathematically he couldn’t have been 25. His birthday is on August, and Mother’s Day is in May, so he would have turned 27 on August of 2010, thus makig him 26 during his perfect game.