Mike Fetters
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Fetters with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 43
Pitcher/ Coach
Born: (1964-12-19) December 19, 1964 (age 57)
Van Nuys, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1989, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
September 16, 2004, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Win–loss record31–41
Earned run average3.86
Strikeouts518
Teams
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Michael Lee Fetters (born December 19, 1964) is an American professional baseball pitcher and coach. He is currently the bullpen coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for eight teams during his 16-year career from 1989 to 2004. Fetters started his playing career with the California Angels and also played with the Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Minnesota Twins. Fetters had his best season in 1996 when he finished fifth in the American League in saves with 32 with the Brewers. Fetters finished his career with 100 career saves.

Career

Fetters is a graduate of Iolani School,[1] where he played high school baseball in the early 1980s, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Fetters played baseball at Pepperdine University and was drafted in the first round of the 1986 Major League Draft by the California Angels.[2] Fetters is known for his head movement while on the mound. Prior to a pitch, he took a deep breath and moved his head quickly 90 degrees to the left. He explained that being stressed during pitching was the reason for his head movement. In 2002, teammate Mark Grace comically imitated the Fetters move when invited to pitch one Diamondbacks inning. During one game in the 2004 season, Houston Astro Craig Biggio imitated Fetters' head movement and scowl while batting against him, drawing laughter from the Houston crowd. Fetters is a cousin of American baritone Stephen Totter. As of 2019 he works as the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen coach after four years as a quality control coach.

Personal life

Fetters is of mixed ethnicity, being half-Caucasian and half-Samoan in ancestry.[3]

References

  1. ^ Al Chase (May 8, 2005). "Iolani graduate called it quits after 16 years in the majors". Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
  2. ^ Bloom, Earl (June 16, 2013). "Ex-reliever Fetters still enjoying life in baseball". Orange County Register.
  3. ^ Al Chase (December 3, 2003). "Fetters: Mulling his options: Arizona leaves Mike Fetters free to deal". Honolulu Star-Bulletin.