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Brandon Tyler Webb (born May 9, 1979, in Ashland, Kentuckymarker), is a Nationalmarker Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks and was the 2006 National League Cy Young Award winner.

Brandon and his wife, Alicia, make their home in Ashland as well. He decided to stick close to home for college, attending the University of Kentuckymarker in Lexingtonmarker.

High School Years

Webb attended Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentuckymarker, and was a pretty decent student and all district in baseball. Webb graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School in 1998.

Professional career

2003: Rookie Season

Webb joined the Diamondbacks right after Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling went down with injuries in the year. 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.

2004: Losing Record

Webb finished the season with a 7-16 record, leading the team in losses, as the Diamondbacks won only 51 times. He was ejected from his first game on September 17, 2004, by home plate umpire Jerry Layne after hitting St. Louis Cardinals' starter Woody Williams with a pitch.

2005: Contract Extension

Webb switched uniform numbers from # 55 to # 17. # 17 had previously been taken by Bobby Estalella in 2004, and Mark Grace in 2003. In 2005, he posted a 14-12 record and an ERA of 3.54. After the season, he signed a four-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $19.5 million and a team option for the 2010.

2006: Cy Young Award

Through his first 13 starts of the season, Webb had an unbroken 8-0 record. He suffered his first losing effort of the season on June 10, in a 5-0 loss to the New York Mets. An early contender to win the National League Cy Young Award, Webb pitched in the 2006 Major League 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 5191marker leaving Lexingtonmarker.

Webb went on to finish the 2006 season with a record of 16-8 and an ERA 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. His 3.10 ERA was the fourth best in the majors.

2007: The Scoreless Innings Streak

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 complete game shutouts. This is the twelfth longest such streak in major league history, and the fifth longest since 1940, surpassed only by Orel Hershiser (59), Don Drysdale (58), Bob Gibson (47) and Sal Maglie (45). His three consecutive complete game 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.

In December 2007, the City of Ashland, KY, re-named a section of Highway 60 the "Brandon Webb Highway" in honor of their local hero. The bill was sponsored by Kentucky Rep. John Vincent (R).

2008: Perennial All-Star

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. 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 made the All-Star team and threw a scoreless 14th inning with two strikeouts at Yankee Stadium.

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 1.82 ground ball/fly ball ratio was the highest in the major leagues, and the 19 runners who reached base on errors while he was pitching were the most in the majors.[226875][226876]

2009: Injury

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.

In 2009 he was named # 31 on the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. A panel of 100 baseball people, many of them members of the Baseball Hall of Fame and winners of major baseball awards, was polled to arrive at the list.

Despite the injury, the Diamondbacks picked up Webb's $8.5 million option after the season ended, ensuring he plays for them in 2010. Arizona would have had to pay a $2 million buyout if it had declined the option.

Pitch Repertoire

Webb is mainly known for his sinker. According to Sports Illustrated in June 2006, "Webb said he probably uses it at least 80 percent of the time, and it used to be closer to 90 percent" Along with Roy Halladay's, it is often considered the best such pitch in baseball. He also features a changeup which is frequently clocked around mid 80's. Webb also throws a curveball which next to his sinker is one of his better pitches. Webb's curveball is clocked in the low 70's.

See also


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  2. Webb has option picked up by Arizona, ESPN. Published November 6, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009.

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