Bill Bray spent six seasons in Major League Baseball as a lefthanded relief pitcher, primarily as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, from 2006 to 2012. Bray appeared in 258 games over his career, all out of the bullpen as a situational reliever to face the opposing team’s best lefthanded hitters. He held lefties to a career .218 batting average and in 2010 when the Reds made the postseason for the first time in 15 seasons, lefties batted just .106 against him. Bray was originally drafted by the then Montreal Expos 13th overall in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of the College of William & Mary in Virginia.
By the time he made his major league debut, the Expos franchise had been relocated to Washington D.C. and become the Washington Nationals. Bray earned a one-pitch win in his debut on June 3, 2006 but just over one month later he was part of an eight-player trade that sent him to the Reds. After appearing in 63 games for the Reds in 2008, Bray required reconstructive Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. He returned to the mound for Cincinnati in the 2010 season. After he officially retired from professional baseball in the spring of 2014, Bray returned to William & Mary to complete his undergrad degree in Finance.
As the Reds player representative to the MLB Players Association during much of his career, Bray was a part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations in 2011 and he is currently pursuing a law degree at William & Mary Law School with an eye towards returning to baseball as a player agent. Bray currently sits on the Board of Directors at Major League Alumni Marketing, the forprofit subsidiary of Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. He and his wife Elaine have three daughters and reside in Virginia.
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