Brandon Webb

Brandon Tyler Webb (born May 9, 1979) is an American former professional baseball player. A pitcher, Webb pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2003 through 2009. Prior to playing professionally, Webb attended the University of Kentucky, where he played college baseball for the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team.

Webb won the 2006 National League Cy Young Award. He is also a three-time MLB All-Star. A series of shoulder injuries sidelined him for much of 2009–2012 and after several aborted comeback attempts, he retired in 2013.

Brandon Webb
Brandon Webb bunting
Webb with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Born: May 9, 1979 (age 40)
Ashland, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 22, 2003, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last MLB appearance
April 6, 2009, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Win–loss record87–62
Earned run average3.27
Career highlights and awards

High school

Webb attended Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky, and graduated in 1997.


Webb attended the University of Kentucky, where he played for the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team.

Professional career

Arizona Diamondbacks

Webb was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 8th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft. He made his first major league appearance with the Diamondbacks on April 22, 2003 against the Expos.[1] Webb wound up finishing the season with 28 starts and a 10–9 record. He was honored with Baseball America Rookie of the Year Award and placed third in the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award voting in the National League.

Webb was made the #2 starter after the team traded Curt Schilling in the offseason. He finished the 2004 season with a 7–16 record, leading the league in losses, walks and wild pitches in a league high 35 starts. Through 35 starts, he had an ERA of 3.59 for the D'Backs.(The Diamondbacks won only 51 games the whole year.)

In 2005, he posted a 14–12 record and an ERA of 3.54. He led the team in ERA (3.54), innings pitched (229) and wild pitches (14). After the season, he signed a four-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $19.5 million and a team option for 2010.[2]

Through his first 13 starts of the 2006 season, Webb had a perfect 8–0 record. Through that streak, he also had a 30 inning scoreless streak.[3] He suffered his first losing effort of the season on June 10, in a 5–0 loss to the New York Mets.[4] An early contender to win the National League Cy Young Award, Webb pitched in the 2006 MLB All-Star Game, recording one hitless inning.

Webb struggled in the second half of the season in part due to elbow soreness. Webb did score a win in an emotional outing versus the San Diego Padres on August 28, pitching seven effective innings. The win came a day after close friend and former UK teammate Jon Hooker and his new bride were among the victims of the doomed Comair Flight 5191 leaving Lexington.[5]

Webb went on to finish the 2006 season with a record of 16–8 and an earned run average of 3.10, and was recognized with the NL Cy Young Award. His 16 wins tied five other pitchers for the most victories in the National League. Webb's win total marked the lowest for a starting pitcher who won the Cy Young in a full season.[6] His 3.10 ERA was the fourth best in the majors.

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Webb on the field

As of the conclusion of his start on August 17, 2007, Webb had logged an Arizona Diamondbacks franchise record with 42.0 scoreless innings including three straight shutouts.[7] This is the twelfth longest such streak in major league history, and the sixth longest since 1940, surpassed only by Orel Hershiser (59), Don Drysdale (58), Bob Gibson (47), Sal Maglie (45) and R.A. Dickey (44 2/3).[7] His three consecutive shutouts during the streak was the longest streak since Roger Clemens accomplished the same with Toronto in 1998. This streak came to an end when the Milwaukee Brewers scored in the first inning of his start on August 22, 2007.

Webb carried the D'backs rotation, leading the team as they nabbed the National League West crown. Webb finished with a record of 18-10 with a 3.01 ERA. Webb pitched the first game of the 2007 playoffs against the Chicago Cubs. Webb pitched 7 innings of 1 run ball, striking out 9 en route to a win.[8]

The Diamondbacks went on to sweep the Cubs but fell to the Rockies in the NLCS, Webb falling in the first game. Webb allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, taking the loss.[9]

The Diamondbacks were ultimately swept in the process, losing the series 4-0.

On May 15, 2008, Webb won his ninth game in as many starts. Webb became the first pitcher in the Majors to win his first nine starts of the season since Andy Hawkins won ten in his first ten starts in 1985.[10] Near the end of June, Webb was leading the major leagues in wins. He was 13–4 with an ERA of 3.21 and a WHIP of 1.13. He won his 13th game against the Nationals, winning 2-0 before the All star break.[11] He made the All-Star team and threw a scoreless 14th inning with two strikeouts at Yankee Stadium.

Up to mid August, Webb carried a 42 scoreless innings streak.[12] The streak ended against the Brewers on August 22 in the first inning. The crowd gave two standing ovations.[13]

Webb finished the 2008 season with a career high 22 wins and just 7 losses. Despite leading the National League in wins, Webb finished second in the National League Cy Young voting to division rival Tim Lincecum. His 3.15 ground ball/fly ball ratio was the highest in the major leagues.[14]

In 2009, he was named #31 on the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball.[15]

Webb pitched on opening day against the Colorado Rockies, but was limited to pitching just four innings. On April 7, 2009, he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis. On August 3, 2009, Dr. Keith Meister of the Rangers performed surgery on his right shoulder, ending his 2009 season. Despite the injury, the Diamondbacks picked up Webb's $8.5 million option for 2010 after the 2009 season ended. Arizona would have had to pay a $2 million buyout if it had declined the option.[16] He spent the year rehabbing his injury and did not appear in any games in 2010.

Texas Rangers

Webb became a free agent at the conclusion of the season and on December 26, 2010 agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers.[17] Webb made his first appearance in a game in more than two years on May 30, 2011, pitching for Double-A Frisco. Over 3 1/3 innings, he allowed five runs on eight hits, struck out two, walked two and hit a batter.

On July 24, the Rangers announced Webb would undergo a second right rotator cuff surgery on August 1, 2011, that would sideline him until the start of the 2012 season.[18]


Webb officially retired from Major League Baseball on February 4, 2013.[19][20] In May 2013, he filed a workers' compensation claim against the Texas Rangers for shoulder, neck, back, arm, and musculo-skeletal system injuries.[21]

Pitch repertoire

Webb was mainly known for his sinker. Along with Roy Halladay's and Chien-Ming Wang's, it had often been considered the best such pitch in baseball.[22] His sinker was thrown in the 87–91 mph range. He also threw a curveball (72–75) and changeup (77–80), and occasionally cutter against left-handed hitters.[23]

Webb's sinker had been very effective at getting ground balls. Webb owned one of the best ground ball/fly ball ratio in baseball, prior to his retirement, at more than 3.5:1.[24] His changeup was also useful for getting swinging strikes — it had a 55% whiff rate in the 2008 season.[23]

Personal life

Brandon and his wife, Alicia, make their home in Ashland, Kentucky. He decided to stick close to home for college, attending the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

In December 2007, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet renamed a section of U.S. Route 60 the "Brandon Webb Highway" in honor of Webb.[25]

In 2005 Webb established Brandon Webb's K Foundation, a charity that aims to "improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children throughout Arizona by providing daily support and life changing experiences."[26]

See also


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  2. ^ "D-Backs ink Webb to extension Righty could be in an Arizona uniform through 2010". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
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  6. ^ "Webb takes home NL Cy Young". Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Innings Pitched Records & Scoreless Innings Pitched Records". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
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  10. ^ "D-backs' Drew flirts with cycle to help Webb to rare 9–0start". Retrieved November 9, 2008.
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  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2014-03-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  14. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Brandon Webb". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2009-08-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Webb has option picked up by Arizona, ESPN. Published November 6, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
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  19. ^ Gilbert, Steve (February 4, 2013). "Former NL Cy Young Award winner Webb retires". Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  20. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (February 4, 2013). "Brandon Webb retires at 33". Retrieved February 4, 2013.
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  23. ^ a b "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Brandon Webb". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  24. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2012 » Pitchers » Batted Ball Statistics". Fangraphs. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  25. ^ "Community honors its baseball hero". dailyindependent. Archived from the original on 2008-10-30. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  26. ^ "Brandon Webb's K Foundation". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

External links

2004 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks looked to improve on their 84–78 record from 2003. The Diamondsbacks hoped to contend for a postseason berth in what was a weaker National League West than in years past, but finished the season with a record of 51–111, in last place in the division and the worst record by any National League team since the 1965 Mets won one fewer game. The one highlight of a disastrous season was when Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game on May 18, 2004.

2006 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks looked to improve on their 77-85 record from 2005. They looked to contend in what was once again a weak National League West Division. They finished the season with a record of 76-86, a fourth place tie with the Colorado Rockies in the division.

2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 77th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 11, 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The contest was the fifth hosted by the city of Pittsburgh – tying the Cleveland Indians for the record of most times hosted by a single franchise. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3–2, thus awarding the AL champion (which was eventually the Detroit Tigers) home-field advantage in the 2006 World Series.

2006 Major League Baseball season

The 2006 Major League Baseball season ended with the National League's St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series with the lowest regular season victory total in a non-strike season in history. The American League continued its domination at the All-Star Game by winning its fourth straight game; the A.L. has won nine of the last ten contests (the 2002 game was a tie). This season, the Atlanta Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1990. Individual achievements included Barry Bonds who, despite questions surrounding his alleged steroid use and involvement in the BALCO scandal, surpassed Babe Ruth for second place on the career home runs list.

2007 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The Arizona Diamondbacks' 2007 season started with the Diamondbacks attempting to win the NL West Division. The Arizona Diamondbacks' biggest move in the offseason was when, on January 9, 2007, they got their 2001 World Series co-MVP back, pitcher Randy Johnson after making a blockbuster deal with the New York Yankees, sending to New York relief pitcher Luis Vizcaíno and three other prospects. However, Johnson suffered from injuries and underwent season-ending surgery in early August. Despite Johnson's absence and the fact they had fewer runs scored (712) than runs allowed (732), the Diamondbacks had the best record in the National League (90-72), notching their first National League West title since 2002 and their first winning record since 2003.

2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 78th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 2007, at AT&T Park, the home of the NL's San Francisco Giants. It marked the third time that the Giants hosted the All Star Game since moving to San Francisco for the 1958 season. The 1961 and 1984 All Star Games were played at the Giants former home Candlestick Park, and the fourth overall in the Bay Area, with the Giants bay area rivals the Oakland Athletics hosting once back in 1987, and the second straight held in an NL ballpark.

The American League defeated the National League by a score of 5–4. Ichiro Suzuki won the MVP award for the game for hitting the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star history. As per the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the American League champion (which eventually came to be the Boston Red Sox) received home field advantage in the 2007 World Series. The victory was the 10th consecutive (excluding the 2002 tie) for the AL, and their 11-game unbeaten streak is only beaten by the NL's 11-game winning streak from 1972 to 1982 in All-Star history.

2007 National League Championship Series

The 2007 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the final round of the 2007 National League playoffs, began on October 11 and ended on October 15. It was a best-of-seven series, with the West Division champion Arizona Diamondbacks facing the wild card Colorado Rockies, also from the West Division. The Rockies swept the series in four games to win their first ever pennant, extending a 17–1 run to 21–1 in the process. The Rockies won the opportunity to play the American League champion Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series. Colorado's NLCS sweep was only the second NLCS sweep since the seven-game format was adopted in 1985, with the first being the Atlanta Braves' sweep in 1995.

The Rockies had swept the Philadelphia Phillies in three games in the NL Division Series, while the Diamondbacks had swept the Chicago Cubs. The Diamondbacks had home-field advantage due to winning the division. The series marked the first time the Rockies ever advanced to the NLCS and the second time for the Diamondbacks, in the first postseason matchup between the two teams; the Rockies' only prior postseason appearance was in 1995. It was the first time that two West Division teams had ever met in the NLCS, only the second to feature expansion franchises (the first being 1986) and the first of only two postseason meetings of any kind between teams that joined MLB in the 1990s (the other meeting being the 2017 Wild Card Game between the same two clubs).

The series was telecast on TBS, the first time a League Championship Series was ever shown exclusively on a cable network.

The Rockies would go on to lose in a sweep to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series in four games.

2007 National League Division Series

The 2007 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2007 National League playoffs, began on Wednesday, October 3 and ended on Saturday, October 6, with the champions of the three NL divisions and one wild card team participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) Arizona Diamondbacks (Western Division champions, 90–72) vs. (3) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions, 85–77): Diamondbacks win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 89–73) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 90–73): Rockies win series, 3–0.Colorado earned the wild card after winning a one-game playoff with San Diego. Although the division winner with the best record normally plays the wild card team, the Diamondbacks played the Cubs, rather than the wild card Rockies, because the league did not pair teams from the same division against each other in the division series.

Both series represented the first time the opponents had met in the postseason, and the Rockies' victory was their first in any postseason series. The Diamondbacks and the Rockies met in the NL Championship Series, with the Rockies becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion in the 2007 World Series. This was the first time under the expanded playoffs format first used in 1995 that two teams from the National League's Western Division had played against one another in the NLCS.

Brandon Webb (author)

Brandon Tyler Webb (born June 12,1974) is a former United States Navy SEAL and SEAL Sniper course Instructor, with one combat deployment to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. Webb is the Founder and CEO of Hurricane Group Inc, which includes [1] , The Load Out Room, sofrep radio, the SpecOps Channel on YouTube, Crate Club, Cuna Dog and Continuum. Webb is also a media commentator on snipers and related Special Operations Forces military issues. Webb is a New York Times Best Selling Author who has written or collaborated on twelve books. Webb received his education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Kentucky.

Many of Webb's statements and claims have received criticism and controversy within the special operations community.

Ground ball pitcher

In baseball, a ground ball pitcher (also ground-ball pitcher or groundball pitcher) is a type of pitcher that has a tendency to induce ground balls from opposing batters. The average ground ball pitcher has a ground ball rate of at least 50% with extreme ground ball pitchers maintaining a ground ball rate of around 55%. Pitchers with a ground ball rate lower than 50% may be classified as flyball pitchers or as pitchers who exhibit the tendencies of both ground ball and fly ball pitchers. Ground ball pitchers rely on pitches that are low in the strike zone with substantial downward movement, such as splitters and sinker balls.Baseball analysts and sabermetricians Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin agree that ground ball pitchers are generally better pitchers than those with fly ball tendencies. Meanwhile, baseball writer and analyst Bill James argues the opposite because of injury patterns among ground ball pitchers.

Lancaster JetHawks

The Lancaster JetHawks are a minor league baseball team of the California League located in Lancaster, California. The team is named for the city's association with the aerospace industry and plays its home games at The Hangar. The Lancaster JetHawks are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The JetHawks are the only California League team in Los Angeles County.

List of Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day starting pitchers

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Phoenix, Arizona. They play in the National League West division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Diamondbacks have used 10 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 21 seasons. The 10 starters have a combined Opening Day record of eight wins, seven losses (8–7), and six no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.

Randy Johnson holds the Diamondbacks' record for most Opening Day starts with six, and has an Opening Day record of 3–2. Brandon Webb started four Opening Days, and Ian Kennedy has been the Opening Day starter thrice. Andy Benes, Javier Vázquez, Dan Haren, and Wade Miley have started one Opening Day each. Kennedy has the best winning percentage as the Opening Day starting pitcher with a record of 2–0. Benes, Vázquez, and Miley are tied for the worst Opening Day record, at 0–1. Webb is Arizona's only pitcher with multiple no-decisions on Opening Day (three), and Johnson is the only pitcher to have won three or more opening games.Overall, the Diamondbacks have a record of 8–7 at home on Opening Day, compared to a 4–2 record at away games. The Diamondbacks went on to play in the National League Division Series (NLDS) playoff games in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2017, winning the National League Championship Series and World Series in 2001.

List of Arizona Diamondbacks team records

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They compete in the Western Division of Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League (NL). Arizona first competed in Major League Baseball during the 1998 baseball season as an expansion team. The list below documents players and teams that hold particular club records.

In 21 seasons from 1998 through 2018, the team has won 1,678 games and one World Series championship, in 2001. The team has appeared in six postseasons and has won one league pennant. Luis Gonzalez owns the most franchise career batting records with 11 and the most franchise single-season batting records with 9. Randy Johnson owns the most franchise career and single-season pitching records with 10 and 7, respectively.

Having won the World Series in 2001, the franchise's fourth season in existence, the Diamondbacks hold the distinction of being the fastest expansion team in Major League Baseball to win a championship. In addition, two no-hitters have been thrown in the history of the franchise.

Statistics are current through the 2018 season.

List of Major League Baseball annual wins leaders

Major League Baseball recognizes the player or players in each league with the most wins each season. In baseball, wins are a statistic used to evaluate pitchers. Credit for a win is given by the official scorer to the pitcher whose team takes and maintains the lead while he is the pitcher of record. If a game is tied or if the lead changes to the other team, all pitchers who have participated and exited the game to that point are unable to receive credit for the victory. A starting pitcher is ineligible for the win if he has not completed five or more innings of the game; instead, the scorer would award the victory to the relief pitcher who was "most effective... in the official scorer's judgment".

Matt Kata

Matthew John Kata (nickname Dr. Doom) (born March 14, 1978) is a Major League Baseball infielder.

Kata graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio in 1996 and attended college at Vanderbilt University. He was selected by Arizona in the ninth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft and made his major league debut for the Diamondbacks June 15, 2003. He also played briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005, and Texas Rangers in 2007.Along with Robby Hammock, Alex Cintrón and Brandon Webb, he was one of the "Baby Backs" who were called up when a surge of injuries hit Diamondbacks veteran players in 2003. The Baby Backs were popular and contributed to a winning season, but ultimately failed to make the playoffs.Kata was signed to a minor league contract by the Texas Rangers in November 2006

and was a non-roster invitee to their 2007 spring training camp. He earned a spot on the team's opening day roster as a utility player.

He appeared in 31 games for Texas, batting .186, before he was designated for assignment June 5 when the Rangers activated pitcher John Rheinecker and infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston from the disabled list.

After clearing waivers, he signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh on June 15 and was recalled by the Pirates June 30. Kata became a free agent after the season.

On December 21, 2007, the Colorado Rockies signed Kata to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Kata did not make the team and opted for free agency.

On March 30, 2008, Kata rejoined the Pittsburgh Pirates organization by signing a minor league contract. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros, and appeared in 40 games for the Astros in 2009; he spent the entire 2010 season with their Round Rock, Texas AAA affiliate.

Since signing a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers on January 13, 2011 Kata has been playing for their Pacific Coast League AAA affiliate in Round Rock, Texas (the Round Rock Express became the Texas Rangers MLB organization's AAA club prior to the 2011 season).

Scottsdale Scorpions

The Scottsdale Scorpions are a baseball team that plays in the East Division of the Arizona Fall League located in Scottsdale, Arizona. They play their home games at Scottsdale Stadium.

Sinker (baseball)

In baseball, a sinker or sinking fastball is a type of fastball pitch which has significant downward and horizontal movement and is known for inducing ground balls. Pitchers who use the sinker tend to rely on it heavily and do not need to change pitch speeds as much as other pitchers do because the sinking action induces weak bat contact. Other pitchers normally change pitch speeds to achieve this effect. The sinker is much more often used by right-handed than left-handed pitchers.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs are a U.S. Class A minor league baseball team, based in South Bend, Indiana, that plays in the Midwest League. Known for more than two decades as the "'Silver Hawks"', they ended their 17-year affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks in September 2014, signed a 4-year player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs, and changed their name to the South Bend Cubs.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Eric Hinske
Baseball America Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Khalil Greene
Preceded by
Jake Peavy
National League Pitcher of the month
April 2008
Succeeded by
Todd Wellemeyer


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