Monday, March 17, 2014

Former Reds southpaw Bill Bray announces retirement from baseball

Former Reds left-handed reliever Bill Bray has decided to retire from professional baseball amid continuing injury to his throwing shoulder.

The 30-year-old made the announcement in a series of tweets on his Twitter account late Sunday night.

Bray spent the majority of his major league career in a Reds uniform after coming over from Washington in a July 2006 trade. From 2006 to 2012, the Virginia native tallied a 3.72 ERA in 239 appearances, with arguably his best season coming in 2011 when he notched a career high 48.1 innings.

By all accounts, Bray was heralded as a great teammate by his peers and an even better person. I can personally attest to the latter after having the opportunity to speak with him a couple of times when he was a member of the Reds. He's an all-around good guy.

If you want, go follow him on Twitter @wpbray. He's one of the few athletes who actually follows fans back most of the time.

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