From 2006 through 2008, Brandon Webb, then the ace of the Arizona Diamondbacks staff, was as close to being the best pitcher in Major League Baseball as anyone. You might agree he was the best or one of the best, but for three years consecutively he was in the conversation.
There were no signs of that stopping until opening day of the 2009 season. He left with shoulder discomfort after four innings of work. Little did anyone know at the time that it would be his last mound appearance in MLB.
He won the Cy-Young award in 2006 and finished second in both 2007 and 2008. That’s a good few years in anyone’s book. He tried to comeback several times and finally acknowledged that he was done this year. For fans of Webb it is bittersweet. We don’t have to watch him struggle through pain and he did go out on top of the game. Also you just hate to see someone not able to play their entire prime years out. He was hall-of-fame material if he stayed healthy long enough.
But, all is not lost for baseball and Webb. He wants to do something in the game though he remains unsure as to what that might be. Whatever path he chooses there will be at team there willing to once again make him a part of the organization. The Diamondbacks have not forgotten what Webb gave them for the time he was playing and as any class act organization would, wants to be the team of choice when he chooses what future he will have in the game.