Agent: Fmr. Phillies closer Brad Lidge to retire

Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Lidge reacts after their victory in Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

December 2, 2012 9:26:11 PM PST
Brad Lidge, the man who threw the winning pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies at the 2008 World Series, is retiring, his agent confirmed to Action News late Sunday night.

Lidge is a two-time All-Star who closed for the Phillies, Houston Astros, and the Washington Nationals during his 11-year major league career.

"Lidge was released by the Nationals last June, after struggling to make a comeback from April surgery to repair a sports hernia," ESPN's Jayson Stark wrote in article about the 35-year-old impending retirement.

In 11 seasons, Lidge saved 225 games in the regular season and 18 more in the postseason.

Stark writes that is "the second-highest postseason save total in history, behind only Mariano Rivera."

In 2008, "Lights Out" Lidge was perfect, going 41 for 41 in save opportunities.

The biggest save of all came, of course, at Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, when he struck out Tampa Bay's Eric Hinske for the final out.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.