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Brad Lidge officially retires as a Phillie

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Brad Lidge celebrates closing down the World Series championship.
Brad Lidge celebrates closing down the 2008 World Series championship. (USATSI)

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Former Astros, Phillies and Nationals reliever Brad Lidge hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors since June 12 of last season and on December 2 he announced his retirement.

Thursday, Lidge signed a one-day contract in a press conference and officially retired as a Phillie. Here he is at the podium:

Lidge, 36, will be honored before Thursday night's game and then throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Carlos Ruiz, recreating the strikeout to clinch the 2008 World Series championship.

Lidge spent more time and actually on the whole had better numbers with the Astros, but 2008 was the best season of his career by far and that's when he won his only World Series ring. He closed all 41 of his save chances with a 1.95 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings. It was good enough for him to finish fourth in NL Cy Young voting and eight in NL MVP voting.

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