Brad Lidge, who was a star in Major League Baseball and a former Cherry Creek High School pitcher in his youth days, has reportedly informed his agents that he is retiring from baseball after being put back onto the free agent market. The news was reported on Twitter by ESPN's Jason Stark.
Growing up in Colorado, Lidge attended Cherry Creek before going to Notre Dame for college ball. He was picked in the first round of the MLB draft in 1998 by the Houston Astros and made his first MLB appearance in 2002.
Lidge spent 10 years in Major League Baseball, pitching for the Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals. His most notable year was 2008, where he earned his second All-Star appearance while pitching a perfect season as a closer and helping the Philadelphia Phillies earn the 2008 World Series trophy. That season earned him top 10 vote counts in both the Cy Young and MVP awards as well. He also played in the World Series with the Astros in 2005, allowing a walk-off home run in Game 2 against the White Sox.
His final career statistics have him sitting at a 26-32 record with a 3.54 ERA and 225 saves.