Atlantic League All-time Saves Leader, Jim Ed Warden Set To Retire

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The Atlantic Leagues' All-time saves leader, Jim Ed Warden will be retiring from baseball after the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs game on Saturday.

Jim Ed Warden (Photo Credit: Bert Hindman, Memories Photography)

Here's is a great article by Dallas Cogle of the Southern Maryland News about Warden's retirement and career.

Over the last few years I've chatted with Jim Ed on Facebook and talked to him in person during a rain delay at a game on Long Island. He's a class act and has been one of the fixtures in the Atlantic League for almost a decade. A fan favorite is an understatement when referring to Warden. Most fans would consider him part of their family.

As Warden settled down and started his own family it was inevitable that once he broke the Atlantic League All-time saves record he would retire.

"After 14 years, countless teammates and friends that I'll have forever and a fair amount of success it's time for me to walk away to take care of my family. It's been a dream come true to play this game for so long. I hope I'm more remembered for the way I played the game and treated my teammates than anything else." said Warden.

Warden with Hall Of Famer, Brooks Robinson(Photo Credit: Bert Hindman, Memories Photography)
For some Warden will be remembered as more than a player. Team photographer Bert Hindman and his wife Carrie were married prior to the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star game in Waldorf, MD. Warden walked the bride on to the field to be married.

Warden walking Carrie Hindman down the aisle at her wedding (Photo Credit: Bert Hindman, Memories Photography)

"Jim's just is a community guy. He's always great with the kids and helping the team and the community. When we came up with the idea of doing the all-star wedding, I wasn't sure who might be in on it from the team. I started to think about asking him. There was a lot going on that day but I asked if he would walk Carrie on to the field, and he was more than happy to do so. This year for our first anniversary I got a special engraved bat designed for the anniversary and I asked if he would have the guys sign it for Carrie. He was so happy to do it for me. Jim is a great ambassador for our league and our team. He is going to be missed so dearly by the fans and the team. We all are going to wish him and his dear family the very best." said Hindman

Warden pitching in 2013 for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (Photo Credit: Bert Hindman, Memories Photography)

The Atlantic League and baseball are truly losing one of their great ambassadors. Fellow Atlantic League closer, and Director of Player Personal for the Somerset Patriots, Jon Hunton respected Warden on and off the field

"I've competed against Warden for a couple years in the Atlantic League. I've always respected him as an opponent. He's a class act both on and off the field. He has been one of, if not the best closers in the Atlantic League's history. The Blue Crabs will be losing not only a presence on the mound for them but in the clubhouse also. I wish him the best of luck no matter what he pursues after his playing days are over." said Hunton. 

Warden holding up a "#123" jersey commemorating him breaking the Atlantic League save record. (Photo Credit: Bert Hindman, Memories Photography)
For much his career Warden was the last pitcher in the game, looking to seal a victory for his team.  He was a closer. So as he closes out his career I wanted wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.

Here's an interview we did with Warden a couple years ago.
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