Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Braden, who once threw a perfect game for the Oakland Athletics on Mother's Day but hasn't pitched in the majors in almost three years, says he is retiring.
Braden, 30, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that his shoulder is "just a shredded mess" after multiple surgeries.
"I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum," he told the paper, "and I'm OK with that."
There have been 23 perfect games in MLB history. Braden pitched the 19th on May 9, 2010, striking out six Tampa Bay Rays batters with his grandmother in attendance. Braden's mother died when he was a senior in high school.
"That game will always define the one solid day of work I had and the fact that I got to share it with my grandmother, only a few people appreciate the magnitude of that," Braden told the Chronicle on Tuesday. "That was living the dream."
The left-hander went 26-36 with a 4.16 earned-run average in 94 games for the A's from 2007-11, including 79 starts. He made just three starts in 2011, the last on April 16 before undergoing surgery.