Former Phillies relief pitcher Chad Durbin has officially announced his retirement from baseball, and will begin to work for Marucci, a bat company. The 35-year old spent his 14-year career playing for 6 different major league teams: The Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves. For his career, Durbin has a 5.03 ERA, 5 saves, and 577 strike-outs. Last season with the Phillies, he had a 9.00 ERA, 0 saves, and 16 strike-outs.
While his latest stint with the team ended poorly, most Phillies fans will have fond memories of Durbin due to his contributions to the 2008 and 2009 pennant winning teams. Durbin may not have been a lockdown late-inning guy, but he was a reliable middle reliever capable of pitching multiple innings. Considering how much the Phillies have struggled in that area lately, it should give us a finer appreciation for the fine work done by Durbin.