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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Ben Webb, No Regrets - 20

Originally published July 10, 2014
Having just finished is sixth pro season in 1992, Ben Webb was ready to move on, he told The Tampa Tribune years later.

By then he had a family. He'd gotten his chance. He also had "some great memories," he told The Tribune in 2009. 

"I have no regrets," Webb told The Tribune. "I didn't have the quality breaking pitches that you need to get to the big leagues. I gave it a shot and had a chance, which is more than most guys ever get."

In those six pro seasons, Webb played at AA in four of them. He never made it higher.

Webb's career began in 1987, taken by the Pirates in the fifth round of the draft out of Chipola College in Florida.

Webb went to college out of Tate High School in Pensacola. There, he completed the remarkable feat of throwing three no-hitters in a row. He also made Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" feature. It was after another player completed that feat in 2009 that Webb spoke to The Tribune.

Webb started with the Pirates at short-season Watertown. In 23 relief outings, he had a 2.50 ERA and seven saves. He was also tabbed by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a player on the Watertown team to watch.

He moved to single-A Salem for 1988, then AA Harrisburg for 1989. That April in 1989, Webb took at no-hitter into the sixth inning, before finally giving up some hits and runs. Overall, he went 4-7, with a 4.71 ERA.

That fall, Webb had the chance to complete a no-hitter in instructional league. He pitched the final two innings of a three-pitcher no-hitter in October.

Webb returned to Harrisburg for 1990, then went to AA Carolina for 1991 and 1992. In his final two seasons he pitched largely in relief, getting three saves the first year and four his second. In his final season, he had a 4.34 ERA in 30 outings, ending his career.

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