Bill Bray Retires

Former Nationals and Reds reliever Bill Bray tweets that he has retired. He notes that he has a labrum tear, which made the decision simpler for him.

Bray was a first-round pick of the Expos in 2004 out of William & Mary, and he made it to the Majors with the Nationals in 2006 before heading to the Reds in the Austin Kearns trade a month later. He eventually settled in as a semi-regular member of the Reds' bullpen, piling up 197 1/3 career innings with a 3.74 ERA, 8.6 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9. He last appeared in the big leagues in 2012, and spent the 2013 season back in the Nationals organization, dealing with shoulder troubles.

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3 Comments on "Bill Bray Retires"

Matthew Gregory Proudfit
1 year 5 months ago

Wishing Bill the best in retirement. He gave some solid innings for the Reds. Always seemed like a nice guy!

1 year 5 months ago

I’m sorry that he never had the opportunity to get that one million-dollar contract.

1 year 5 months ago

I think his first appearance was a perfect one pitch, one strike W. He could have retired then and stayed on top of the MLB career stat boards for the rest of his life. But I’m sorry his shoulder didn’t hold up and always wished the Nats hadn’t traded him. Was nice to root for another somewhat local player on the Nats along with Zim. You could put together a pretty good roster just from the Hampton Roads area. .