Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler retires

MIAMI, FL - JULY 9: Brad Ziegler #29 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park on Monday, July 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rhona Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 9: Brad Ziegler #29 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park on Monday, July 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rhona Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Following another disappointing season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team is gearing up for a postseason run during the 2019 season.

One player who won’t be taking part in the 2019 season for the Arizona Diamondbacks is Brad Ziegler. The submariner has decided to hang up his cleats following a solid 11-year MLB career.

Ziegler suited up for four different franchises, including two separate stints with the Diamondbacks, and finishes with a career 2.75 earned run average. This decision comes as a bit of a surprise considering Ziegler has shown no signs of losing his effectiveness on the mound.

He combined to appear in 82 games and finished with a 3.91 earned run average between the Miami Marlins and D’backs. Overall, Ziegler pitched 717 1/3 innings and finishes his career with 479 strikeouts and 248 walks.

Although not a household name, Ziegler made his impression felt with every team that he played with. His funky side-arm delivery made it hard for right-handed hitters to make consistent solid contact throughout his entire career.

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The 38-year-old enjoyed his best season while pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2015 season. He finished that season with 30 saves and 1.85 earned run average in 78 innings pitched.

He debuted during the 2018 season for the Oakland Athletics and finished the year eighth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Ziegler made a name for himself in MLB as a solid out getter against right-handed batters.

Ziegler took part in the postseason following the 2011 season with the D’backs and the 2016 season with the Boston Red Sox. However, he had almost zero success while pitching in October. He made three appearances and finished with a 36.00 earned run average with just one inning pitched.

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Ziegler enjoyed a solid, if not unspectacular, career in the Majors. He was always a fun pitcher to watch and it will feel odd not seeing him take the mound during the 2019 season.