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March 11, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dallas Braden (51) protects the bullpen during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Former Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden to retire

In a phone interview with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Dallas Braden, the former Oakland left handed starter, said he’s going to be hanging it up after five seasons. He allocates that the decision stems from problems in his pitching arm.

There is nothing left in there, it’s just a shredded mess. I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum, and I’m OK with that.

Braden, 30 years old, pitched all five seasons for Oakland, including the 19th perfect game in Major League history on Mother’s Day in 2010 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

He still maintains a desire to stay involved with baseball, noting to Slusser that he auditioned for the Fox broadcast booth for this season.

Braden will finish with a career record of 26-36, a 4.16 ERA and 305 strikeouts over 491.1 IP in 94 games (79 starts). He pitched five complete games and two shutouts (including the perfect game). Over the course of his career, he will have earned $7.53 million

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