Posted: Feb 4, 2013 4:44 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Feb 4, 2013 4:46 PM
Brandon Webb is being forced to retire because of a bad shoulder. Only 33, the former UK star was considered by many as the best pitcher in baseball during a five-year stretch with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
From 2005 through 2008 Webb not only won more games than anyone else in baseball, but he also won the NL Cy Young award in 2006 as the best pitcher.
Webb hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 because of his shoulder problems. He was attempting a comeback but announced his retirement Monday in a statement released by agents Jonathan Maurer and Mike Montana.
"With retirement, Brandon looks forward to focusing on more time with his family," the statement said.
Webb was known for having the best sinker in baseball. He made the All-Star team three times. After being named the best pitcher in the National League in 2006, he was a combined 40-17 record over the next two seasons but finished second in the Cy Young balloting to San Diego's Jake Peavy in 2007 and San Francisco's Tim Lincecum in 2008.