Dan Plesac
Dan Plesac (cropped).jpg
Plesac in 2012
Pitcher
Born: (1962-02-04) February 4, 1962 (age 60)
Gary, Indiana
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 11, 1986, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2003, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Games pitched1,064
Win–loss record65–71
Earned run average3.64
Strikeouts1,041
Saves158
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Daniel Thomas Plesac (born February 4, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher with an 18-year career from 1986 to 2003. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Early life

Plesac attended Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Indiana, where he excelled in baseball, basketball, football, and track.

Plesac played college baseball for the NC State Wolfpack in the early 1980s.[1] Plesac was inducted to the North Carolina State Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Major Leagues

A hard thrower with a mid-90 mph fastball and great slider, Plesac was originally a starting pitcher before becoming the closer of the Milwaukee Brewers. Plesac served primarily as a left-handed specialist from the mid-1990s until the end of his career, pitching for the Blue Jays twice, the Diamondbacks, and the Phillies.[2]

He was elected to the American League All-Star team three times (1987, 1988 and 1989) and ended his career with a 65–71 record, a 3.64 ERA in 1,064 games and 1,072 innings pitched.[2] In 1988, Plesac recorded three saves against the Twins in a weekend series immediately preceding the 1988 All Star Game in Cincinnati. Due to travel complications, he flew to Cincinnati on the Reds team chartered plane.

Plesac holds numerous all-time Brewers pitching records (minimum 500 innings pitched). He is the franchise's career leader in games, saves and ERA.[3] He is second in K/9 and WHIP (BB + H/IP), in both cases to Ben Sheets, and is fifth in K/BB ratio.

He was the last Phillies pitcher to pitch at Veterans Stadium. He struck out the only batter he faced, Ryan Langerhans, to record the third out in the top of the ninth inning on September 28, 2003, as the Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves, 5–2.[4]

In his 18 year career, Plesac was never on the disabled list, never having surgery in or off season.

Television career

Plesac worked as a news telecaster for Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, co-hosting as a highlighter for Chicago Cubs and pre and post game shows from 2005 until the end of the 2008 season. Plesac joined the MLB Network and became an analyst January 2009. He appears on MLB Tonight and is an occasional guest host for Intentional Talk.[5] He also serves as a broadcaster for the MLB: The Show video game franchise.[6] Plesac served as color commentator for the world feed for the 2021 World Series produced by MLB International, airing in over 200 countries as well as on the American Forces Network. He worked alongside Scott Braun, who provided play-by-play.

Personal life

An avid horse racing fan, Plesac became a horse trainer after retirement and once saved an old horse he previously owned after learning it was left in poor condition.[7] His nephew is Zach Plesac.[8]

References

  1. ^ "North Carolina State University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on November 23, 2005. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Dan Plesac Stats". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ Wagner, Andrew (April 12, 2019). "MLB Network's Dan Plesac Is Enjoying The Brewers' Success". Forbes. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score, September 28, 2003". Baseball-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "MLB Network adds Dan Plesac to on-air talent lineup". MLB.com. December 5, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  6. ^ Jason TabrysTwitterFeatures Editor (April 9, 2018). "Dan Plesac Loves How 'MLB The Show' Keeps Him Relevant With Young Fans". Uproxx.com. Retrieved April 7, 2020. ((cite web)): |author= has generic name (help)
  7. ^ Kraft, Nicole (November 28, 2009). "Ex-Phillies reliever's greatest save". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  8. ^ Ingraham, Jim (June 19, 2019). "Who Is Zach Plesac, And What's With That ERA?". Forbes.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.