Chadwick “Chad” Bradford was a relief pitcher who went to Southern Mississippi and debuted in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1998.
Before joining the Rays, Bradford spent several years with the Baltimore Orioles. He was a very successful pitcher, though he did allow Manny Ramirez’s 500th home run on May 31, 2008. Bradford was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays from Baltimore Orioles in August 2008 for cash. He made his first appearance with the Rays August 9th in Seattle. That nigt, he worked the 9th and 10th inning, winning the game. In 2008 with the Rays, Bradford made a total of 21 relief appearances, working mostly the 7th and 8th innings. With the Rays in 2008, his record was 1-0, his ERA was 1.42, and he pitched a total of 19 innings, giving up only 1 HR. Bradford was known for having a slow but successful fastball.
In 2009, he spent the majority of the year on the disabled list due to injuring his elbow during spring training. On February 5, 2009, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. When he went off the disabled list in June 2009, he injured his back and was sent back to the disabled list. In 2009, he made a total of 20 appearances with the Rays and became a free agent at the end of the year.
Bradford retired from baseball at the end of 2009 and is currently rumored to be coaching baseball. He was invited to play himself in the movie Moneyball, a movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics. Due to scheduling, he is being portrayed by Casey Bond.