PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brad Lidge, who was perfect as a closer during Philadelphia's 2008 World Series championship season, formally retired as a member of the Phillies on Thursday.
Lidge hasn't pitched in the majors since last June with the Washington Nationals. He spent four years with Philadelphia from 2008-11, saving 100 games in that span.
``That game and that postseason will forever stand out for me,'' Lidge said about striking out Tampa Bay's Eric Hinske in the World Series clincher. ``That memory is still really vivid for me.''
Lidge was 41 for 41 in the regular season and 7 for 7 in the postseason when the Phillies won the second World Series title in franchise history. The 36-year-old righty was a two-time All-Star during 11 seasons with Houston, Philadelphia and Washington.
He had 225 career saves and 18 more in the postseason.
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