Former Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Chad Durbin is set to retire from the MLB, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
Durbin pitched as both a starting pitcher and reliever in an MLB career that began in 1999 and lasted until last May, when he was released by the Phillies. In the parts of 14 seasons that Durbin spent in the bigs, he pitched for the Royals, Diamondbacks, Tigers, Braves, and twice with the Indians and Phillies.
While Durbin struggled mightily in his return to the Phillies last year, pitching to a 9.00 ERA in 16 games before the Phillies let him go, his first stint with the Phillies, which spanned form 2008 to 2010, was extremely productive and memorable. Durbin was a key member of the 2008 World Series team’s elite bullpen that featured Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, and Scott Eyre, posting a 2.87 ERA in over eighty innings.
Durbin may have struggled in his second stint in the red pinstripes, but I have great memories of how effective of a middle reliever he was in 2008, and what he meant to a team that ended a near 30-year World Series title drought.