Gary DiSarcina
DiSarcina with the Mets in 2019
Washington Nationals – No. --
Shortstop / Bench coach
Born: (1967-11-19) November 19, 1967 (age 53)
Malden, Massachusetts
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 1989, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
May 8, 2000, for the Anaheim Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average.258
Home runs28
Runs batted in355
Teams
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Gary Thomas DiSarcina (born November 19, 1967) is an American former professional baseball shortstop and third base coach for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played his entire career for the California / Anaheim Angels.

Shortstop for Angels (1992–98)

DiSarcina with the Angels in 1992
DiSarcina with the Angels in 1992

A former shortstop who stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg), DiSarcina was raised in Billerica, Massachusetts, and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 1987, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[1] He was drafted by the California Angels in the sixth round of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft.

After brief Major League trials from 1989–91, DiSarcina replaced Dick Schofield as the Angels' regular shortstop in 1992 and held the job through 1998. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1995, a strike-shortened year when he batted a career-high .307 in 99 games played. He missed six weeks of action during that season, from August 4 through September 18, after sustaining a torn ligament in his thumb.[2]

In 1998, his finest all-around season, he was voted the Angels' team MVP.[3] That year, in 157 games played, DiSarcina reached career highs in hits (158) and runs batted in (56), while batting .287. But it was his last full season as a player; his career, hampered by injuries — including a broken arm that cost him half of the 1999 season[2] — wound down during the next two years. He played only 12 games in 2000 and was out of baseball in 2001 before attempting a final comeback in 2002 in the Boston Red Sox organization with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

All told, DiSarcina played in 1,086 Major League games, all with the Angels; his 966 hits included 186 doubles, 20 triples and 28 home runs.

DiSarcina wore several numbers over the course of his career. He wore the number 4 during his first season. He changed to number 11, then to number 33 (in tribute to Larry Bird), and finally to number 9 for his remaining four seasons.[4]

A DiSarcina fly ball was caught by Texas Ranger Rusty Greer for the final out of Kenny Rogers' perfect game on July 28, 1994.[5]

Minor league manager, MLB executive

After DiSarcina's playing career ended, he was associated with the Red Sox for several seasons, as baseball operations consultant to the team's front office, an in-studio analyst for the New England Sports Network, minor league manager and instructor. He skippered the Lowell Spinners of the Short Season-A New York–Penn League for three above-.500 seasons (2007–09) and served as the Red Sox' minor league infield instruction coordinator in 2010. DiSarcina was also the third base coach for Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

In 2011–12, he returned to the Angels as an assistant to general managers Tony Reagins and Jerry Dipoto, and also held the post of field coordinator of player instruction in the club's farm system.

He then came back to the Red Sox organization for one season — 2013 — as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston's Triple-A minor league affiliate.[6] During 2013, he led the PawSox to a first-place finish in the IL North Division with an 80–63 record and into the finals of the Governors' Cup championship, before his club fell to the Durham Bulls. For his efforts, he was selected 2013 Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America.[7] DiSarcina's four-year managerial record through 2013 is 205–162 (.559).

Coaching career

DiSarcina as third base coach for the Los Angeles Angels in 2015
DiSarcina as third base coach for the Los Angeles Angels in 2015

DiSarcina's success at Pawtucket earned him a Major League managerial interview for the opening with the Seattle Mariners (who would hire Lloyd McClendon). On November 5, 2013,[8] he joined the 2014 staff of Angels' manager Mike Scioscia, taking over the third-base coach's job from Dino Ebel, promoted to bench coach.[9] After two seasons at third base, DiSarcina was shifted across the diamond to coach first base when Ron Roenicke rejoined Scioscia's staff for 2016 after a five-year absence.[10]

On November 11, 2016, the Red Sox announced that DiSarcina would return to the Boston organization for a third time, as the 2017 bench coach on the MLB staff of manager John Farrell.[11] In that role, he succeeded Torey Lovullo, who departed on November 4 to become manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. DiSarcina served one season in that post, until Farrell's firing two days after Boston fell in the American League Division Series. On November 5, 2017, DiSarcina took over as the 2018 bench coach of the New York Mets on the staff of new manager Mickey Callaway. After one year as bench coach, he was reassigned to become the Mets' 2019 third-base coach.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Of Witches, Hexes, and Plain Bad Luck: The Reputed Curse of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ", SABR
  3. ^ UMass Inducts 2005 Hall Of Fame Class :: Aprile, Bartley, DiSarcina, Roe, Scurry, and Whelchel joined Hall on Friday
  4. ^ Gary DiSarcina Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac
  5. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Texas Rangers 4, California Angels 0".
  6. ^ The Providence Journal, 2012-12-11 Archived 2012-12-15 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ The Providence Journal, 2013.12.05 Archived 2013-12-05 at archive.today
  8. ^ boston.com
  9. ^ Los Angeles Times
  10. ^ Angels.com, Nov. 18, 2015
  11. ^ Browne, Ian (November 11, 2016). "DiSarcina thrilled to come home, join Sox staff". MLB.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  12. ^ Queens Chronicle, November 15, 2018
Preceded byBruce Crabbe Lowell Spinners manager 2007–2009 Succeeded byBruce Crabbe Preceded byArnie Beyeler Pawtucket Red Sox manager 2013 Succeeded byKevin Boles Preceded byDino Ebel Los Angeles Angels third base coach 2014–2015 Succeeded byRon Roenicke Preceded byAlfredo Griffin Los Angeles Angels first base coach 2016 Succeeded byAlfredo Griffin Preceded byTorey Lovullo Boston Red Sox bench coach 2017 Succeeded byRon Roenicke Preceded byDick Scott New York Mets bench coach 2018 Succeeded byJim Riggleman Preceded byGlenn Sherlock New York Mets third base coach 2019–2020 Succeeded by