When the National Pro Fastpitch season starts in a few months, Brenna Moss will not be in the lineup for the Chicago Bandits. Earlier this week, Brenna announced her retirement.
After a stellar career at Fresno State, Brenna was selected by the Bandits as the 13th overall selection in the third round of the 2015 NPF Draft. In her first couple seasons in the NPF, Brenna played excellent defense in the outfield and flashed a lot of speed, while learning to adjust at the plate. In her third season, Brenna found her stride and hit .341. She followed that in 2018 with a .442 average.
Brenna's 2018 season was historic. Named the NPF’s Player of the Year Award, she tied the league’s single-season hits record (65) and broke the franchise record for single-season stolen bases (27). She was also the Offensive Player of the Year and the Stolen Base Leader.
Last season, Brenna hit .303, a bit of a drop off from her 2018 season, but nobody expected a repeat. Brenna remained one of the stars of the NPF.
In addition to her play, Brenna was one of the most popular players on the Bandits and in the league. Brenna was extremely great with the fans. Many "Moss 55" jerseys could be spotted at every game (and I was lucky enough to get one to add to my collection).
Brenna hasn't announced her plans yet, but I am sure she will succeed at whatever she does. Brenna is smart and an incredibly hard worker. She will be an asset to any organization she joins.
I join Bandit Nation in hoping we will see her around the park. I also join Bandit Nation in thanking Brenna for everything over the last five seasons. I appreciate all of the interviews Brenna has given me and her friendship over the years.
Brenna Moss and me in Rosemont, IL-June 2019.