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Grening hangs up cleats
Retires as all-time ABL strikeout king
02/14/2018 9:48 PM ET
SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

After seven seasons of heartfelt service to the Canberra Cavalry, Brian Grening has announced his retirement for baseball.

Grening has been an integral part of the fabric of baseball in Canberra since he made his debut for the Cavalry on November 4, 2011, where he only allowed one hit and struck out three across three innings of work.

430.2 innings later, Grening has cemented himself as one of the best starting pitchers in the history of the ABL, finishing with 25 wins and a career ERA of 3.65.  

Grening also bows as the new-ABL's all-time strikeouts leader (376), and leaves a lasting legacy on Canberra baseball that few can equal.

A key piece of Canberra's 2012/13 ABL Championship, Grening only allowed two runs in 7.2 innings of work against the Perth Heat, leading the Cavalry to a game one victory.

In a statement published on the Canberra Cavalry Facebook page, Grening reflected on his time in the nation's capital.

"There is something about the Cavs, the Fort and Canberra I can't explain," Grening said.

"Here players exceed their talent level, fans connect with players like nowhere else and a small stadium feels huge."

"I grew up playing in Oregon, went to school in California and played for nine different professional teams in five different countries, but I will always consider the Canberra Cavalry my home team."

A true legend of the game, Grening's influence and popularity in the ACT cannot be understated.

Thankyou Brian, for creating memories that will last forever in the history of Canberra Cavalry baseball.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.