**Grubbs, former All-Star and Walkers icon, Announces Retirement** _Motor Yard_ - The Walkers will play the 116th game in their history when Season 9 opens. That game will be the first without a player long considered a franchise icon. Alyssa Grubbs, after eight seasons in the Super Sim Baseball League, has formally announced her retirement from the game of baseball. “It’s always tough to say goodbye to something you love.” Grubbs said in a press conference outside of the Motor Yard. "It's even tougher to not only say goodbye to something you love but also to the only franchise you've ever known, played for, in all of your career. I truly want to thank the Walkers organization for giving me for giving me the chance to play for them, all of the great friends and teammates I've met along the way, and all of the mentors and fans, both home and abroad, who have supported me on this SSBL journey." It should come as no surprise that Grubbs has become synonymous with the Walkers; the right-hander made her debut as part of the team's first-ever roster in the inaugural season of the SSBL. She was a key piece of a pitching staff that topped the then eight-team field in every category, including an ERA of 1.21, nearly half of that of the second-best Ball Players. Grubbs for her part posted a 1.08 ERA and a .92 WHIP, allowing only 14 hits, one walk, and two earned runs in 16.1 IP. Other highlights with the Grubbs-led Walker pitching include posting the fewest runs allowed in Season 2 en route to the best record in the League, and finally led the Walkers to their first-ever postseason series victory in Season 4 over the then-expansion Gauchos. Grubbs was named to the Heroic All-Star team, the lone WLK representative. All told, she exits the SSBL with a career 129 innings pitched, a 4.05 ERA, and a 1.23 WHIP through her eight seasons and 115 games, all with the Walkers.
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