Doug Brocail
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Brocail with the Texas Rangers in 2018
Pitcher
Born: (1967-05-16) May 16, 1967 (age 55)
Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1992, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2009, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Win–loss record52–48
Earned run average4.00
Strikeouts642
Teams

Douglas Keith Brocail (born May 16, 1967) is an American professional baseball pitcher and pitching coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers. He has coached in MLB for the Astros, Rangers, and the Orioles.

Playing career

Brocail attended Lamar High School in Lamar, Colorado where he won All-State honors in football, basketball, and baseball.[1] The San Diego Padres selected Brocail in the first round of the 1986 Major League Baseball draft. He did not make his major league debut until 1992 because of injuries sustained in the minors. Initially a starter, Brocail went 4–13 in his first full season (1993) before being converted to relief.

Brocail with the San Diego Padres
Brocail with the San Diego Padres

After the 1994 season, the Padres traded Brocail, Derek Bell, Ricky Gutiérrez, Pedro Martínez, Phil Plantier, and Craig Shipley to the Houston Astros for Ken Caminiti, Andújar Cedeño, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, and Brian Williams.[2] After the 1996 season, the Astros traded Brocail, Brian Hunter, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller, and cash to the Detroit Tigers for Brad Ausmus, José Lima, Trever Miller, C. J. Nitkowski, and Daryle Ward.[3] After the 2000 season, the Tigers traded Brocail, Ausmus, and Nelson Cruz to the Astros for Roger Cedeño, Chris Holt, and Mitch Meluskey.[4]

Two Tommy John surgeries kept Brocail out of the major leagues for nearly four years (2000–04). He returned in 2004 with the Texas Rangers and was placed on the disabled list in May for 15 days due to an appendectomy. He pitched for San Diego in 2006 and 2007.

Brocail underwent an angioplasty on March 11, 2006, to clear a 99% blockage of his left anterior descending artery. He had complained of chest tightness that radiated into both arms. He already was being treated for an abscessed tooth and asthma.[5] Weeks later, Brocail underwent a second, more complex angioplasty in which he received three stents in his heart in addition to the one put in prior. Post heart surgeries, Brocail returned to the mound on July 14, 2006.

Brocail pitched relief for the Astros in 2008 and 2009 before retiring at the age of 42.

Coaching career

After the Houston Astros fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg on June 14, 2011, Brocail was named the interim pitching coach.[6] In October 2013, Brocail was reassigned by the Astros to the role of special assistant.[7] Brocail served as interim pitching coach for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2014, and full time for Corpus Christi in 2015.

In November 2015, Brocail was offered a spot as the Texas Rangers pitching coach by Rangers manager Jeff Banister. Brocail accepted the position, replacing the departed Mike Maddux. Brocail led the Rangers' pitching staff through the 2017 and 2018 seasons.[8]

Brocail was announced on January 23, 2019 as the Baltimore Orioles pitching coach succeeding Roger McDowell.[9] During his two seasons in this capacity, the Orioles' pitching staff went from being one of MLB's worst to lowering its ERA by a run, with the bullpen giving up almost two less runs per game. He was not retained after the 2020 season as the Orioles continued to streamline its player personnel operations.[10]

Personal life

Brocail and his wife Lisa have five daughters. The family lives in Missouri City, Texas.[11]

On September 13, 2004, Brocail was involved in an incident at the McAfee Coliseum, when the Texas Rangers were playing the Oakland Athletics. His rookie teammate Frank Francisco, angry at a fan for heckling Brocail and others, hoisted a folded chair into the stands, striking a female fan and breaking her nose.[12] Brocail would later pitch 13 of an inning.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Looking For 'The Natural'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  2. ^ MURRAY CHASS (December 29, 1994). "BASEBALL; Padres and Astros Make a 12-Player Swap - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "TIGERS FILL SOME GAPING HOLES IN 10-PLAYER DEAL WITH ASTROS". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "Tigers, Astros work six-player trade - UPI Archives". Upi.com. December 11, 2000. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Padres pitcher Doug Brocail undergoes heart surgery". The San Diego Union-Tribune. March 12, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "Astros fire their pitching coach". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Ortiz, Jose. "Astros make changes to Porter's staff". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Texas Rangers: Sources: Rangers part ways with pitching coach Doug Brocail as they remake staff | SportsDay". Sportsday.dallasnews.com. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Orioles Announce New Coaching Staff". wbal.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Kubatko, Roch. "Brocail and Flores won’t return to Orioles coaching staff," Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020
  11. ^ "Texas Rangers: Rangers' Doug Brocail wants to be on a boat in Houston right now – and he still may end up there | SportsDay". Sportsday.dallasnews.com. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Memorable Brawls". Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
Sporting positions Preceded byBrad Arnsberg Houston Astros pitching coach 2011–2013 Succeeded byBrent Strom Preceded byMike Maddux Texas Rangers pitching coach 2016–2018 Succeeded byJulio Rangel Preceded byRoger McDowell Baltimore Orioles pitching coach 2019-2021 Succeeded byChris Holt