Former Nationals Closer Chad Cordero Retires From Baseball

When the Nationals got to Washington D.C. in 2005, they didn't have a lot of talent to speak of. But they hung around int he NL East race, thanks in large part to their closer, Chad Cordero. Cordero saved a remarkable 47 games that season, when many thought that the Nationals actually securing a lead in 47 total games was unlikely. Cordero moved on from the Nationals in 2008, and yesterday, announced his retirement from Baseball.

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Cordero would shock the baseball world by saving 47 games in 2005 as the upstart Nats made waves in the NL East, holding on to first place deeper in the season than anyone thought possible. Cordero would save 128 games total for the Washington Nationals in six seasons as the Nats' closer, walking 117 (3.28 K/9) and striking out 298 (8.08 K/9) in 305 games and 320.2 IP in which he was (20-17) overall.

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Cordero was one of the first really, really good Nationals in Washington, and he will always be remembered for that. So we wish Chad good luck in whatever he takes on after his baseball career.

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