Danny Darwin

Danny Wayne Darwin (born October 25, 1955), known as the "Bonham Bullet" and "Dr. Death", is an American professional baseball pitcher and coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, and San Francisco Giants, from 1978 through 1998. Over his MLB career, he amassed 171 wins and 182 losses, with a 3.84 earned run average (ERA).

Danny Darwin
Danny Darwin 2008 (cropped)
Darwin as a pitching coach with the Great Lakes Loons in 2008
Born: October 25, 1955 (age 63)
Bonham, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1978, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1998, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record171–182
Earned run average3.84
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Danny attended Bonham High School and Grayson County College. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Texas Rangers on May 10, 1976. He began his professional career with the Asheville Tourists in Single-A in 1976. He pitched for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers in 1977 and the Triple-A Tucson Toros in 1978. With Tulsa, he was 13-4, 2.41 ERA in 23 starts with six complete games and four shutouts.

Major league baseball

He made his major league debut with the Rangers on September 8, 1978. He pitched two innings of relief in an 11-4 loss against the Oakland Athletics, giving up one run and two hits. On September 24 of the same year, he made his first major league start against the Seattle Mariners. He pitched six innings, giving up eight hits, striking out seven, and allowing only one walk to record his first victory.

Darwin did not become a full-time starter until 1981, a strike-shortened season. He made 22 starts that year, carving out a 9-9 record with a 3.64 ERA.

He pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen in 1982, but returned to the Texas rotation the following year. He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on January 18, 1985 as part of a four-team deal with the Royals and Mets. He made 29 starts for Milwaukee during the 1985 campaign, posting a record of 8-18.

He was traded during the 1986 season to the Houston Astros for Mark Knudson and Don August. He remained with Houston through 1990, gradually being switched from a starting pitcher to a reliever by his last years with the Astros. In his final season in Houston, he was 11-4, 2.21 era in 48 games (17 starts) to win the National League ERA title.

He signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent after the season and pitched with them for four seasons, both as a starter and a reliever.

After leaving the Red Sox, he had a shaky season in 1995, starting with the Toronto Blue Jays, but being cut midway through the season (with a 1-8 record and 7.62 era) and signing with the Texas Rangers again.

His return to Texas was short lived as he spent the last three years of his career bouncing around between teams. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1996, who traded him back to the Astros at mid-season (for Rich Loiselle). Then he signed with the Chicago White Sox in 1997, only to be dealt at the trading deadline to the San Francisco Giants as part of a multi-player deal that sent Wilson Álvarez and Roberto Hernández to the Giants and Keith Foulke, Bob Howry, Lorenzo Barceló, Mike Caruso, Ken Vining, and Brian Manning to the White Sox in what became known as the White Flag Trade.[1] He finished his career in 1998, pitching 1/3 of an inning for the Giants in his final appearance against the Pirates.

Danny's younger brother, Jeff Darwin (born 1969), also had a professional baseball career that lasted eleven years. Jeff, who also graduated from Bonham High School, spent parts of three seasons in the majors, including 1996–1997 with the Chicago White Sox. Both Danny & Jeff were in the White Sox organization in 1997 but Danny was traded on July 31 and Jeff was not called up from the Minors until August 17. In 1998 again they were both with the Giants but Jeff spent the year at AAA and was not called up.

Later life

Darwin is the sponsor of the "Danny Darwin Celebrity Open Golf Tournament" at North Central Texas College.[2]

He was the pitching coach for the Jacksonville Suns in the Double-A Southern League from 2006–2007 and the pitching coach of the Class-A Great Lakes Loons from 2008–2009 before joining Chattanooga for 2010.

In April 2018, Darwin became interim pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds, promoted from Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, where he was pitching coach for three seasons.[3]

In January 2019, Darwin was named the pitching coach for the Reds' Double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts.


Orel Hershiser punch

During a brawl between the Phillies and the Giants, Orel Hershiser claims Darwin punched him in the face. At the time, the two were teammates.[4] Hershiser claimed it was retribution for Hershiser hitting Darwin back when he was pitching against him.[5]

Physical altercation with Barry Bonds

During a game while playing with the Giants, Darwin and Barry Bonds got into a heated argument when Bonds lazily fielded a hit that became an RBI.[6]

See also


  1. ^ ESPN.com - The Rays and the White Flag trade of '97
  2. ^ Booster Club News – North Central Texas College Archived 2006-09-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2018/04/20/new-cincinnati-reds-pitching-coach-danny-darwins-theory-first-observe-pitches-then-get-them-throw/538309002/
  4. ^ yardbarker retrieved 14 Dec 2013
  5. ^ Orel Hershiser says teammate Danny Darwin punched him during brawl | Larry Brown Sports
  6. ^ Darwin, Bonds Have Tiff in Loss - SFGate

External links

1976 Texas Rangers season

The 1976 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1978 Caribbean Series

The twenty-first edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1978. It was held from February 4 through February 9 with the champions teams from the Dominican Republic, Águilas Cibaeñas; Mexico, Tomateros de Culiacán; Puerto Rico, Indios de Mayagüez and Venezuela, Leones del Caracas. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at Estadio Teodoro Mariscal in Mazatlán, México.

1985 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1985 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the American League East with a record of 71 wins and 90 losses.

1985 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1985 season was the 24th regular season for the Mets. They went 98-64 and finished 2nd in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played their home games at Shea Stadium.

1986 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1986 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the American League East with a record of 77 wins and 84 losses.

1990 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1990 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

1991 Boston Red Sox season

The 1991 Boston Red Sox season was the 91st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished tied for second in the American League East with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses, seven games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

1993 Boston Red Sox season

The 1993 Boston Red Sox season was the 93rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses, 15 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

1995 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1995 season involved the Rangers finishing third in the American League west with a record of 74 wins and 70 losses. They also hosted the 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

1995 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 1995 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 19th season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing fifth in the American League East with a record of 56 wins and 88 losses.

1996 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1996 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 115th season of the franchise; the 110th in the National League. This was their 27th season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished fifth and last in the National League Central with a record of 73–89.

1997 Chicago White Sox season

The 1997 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 98th season. They finished with a record 80-81, good enough for 2nd place in the American League Central, 6 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

1997 San Francisco Giants season

The 1997 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 115th season in Major League Baseball, their 40th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 38th at 3Com Park at Candlestick Point. The Giants finished in first place in the National League West with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses. They lost the National League Division Series in three games to the Florida Marlins.

1998 San Francisco Giants season

The 1998 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 116th season in Major League Baseball, their 41st season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 39th at 3Com Park at Candlestick Point. The team finished in second place in the National League West with an 89-74 record, 9½ games behind the San Diego Padres.

Houston Astros award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Houston Astros professional baseball team.

Jeff Darwin

Jeffrey Scott Darwin (born July 6, 1969) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for three seasons at the major-league level for the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox. He was drafted by the Mariners in the 13th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft. Darwin played his first professional season with the Low-A Bellingham Mariners in 1989, and his last season with the San Diego Padres' Triple-A team, the Las Vegas Stars, in 1999. He is the brother of pitcher Danny Darwin.

Mike Caruso

Michael John Caruso (born May 27, 1977) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.

Caruso was a prospect for the San Francisco Giants. During the 1997 season, Caruso was one of six prospects (along with Keith Foulke, Bob Howry, Lorenzo Barceló, Ken Vining, and Brian Manning) traded to the White Sox in exchange for Wilson Álvarez, Danny Darwin, and Roberto Hernández in what became known as the White Flag Trade.In 1998, Caruso was called up by the White Sox at the age of 20 to become their everyday starting shortstop. He finished third in the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award balloting. However, his career in Chicago only lasted two years. He reemerged back into the Major Leagues in 2002 with the Royals, but only played in 12 games.

After two years out of the game, Caruso began a comeback attempt. He played the 2007 season for the South Georgia Peanuts of the independent South Coast League. However, the South Coast League only lasted one season before suspending operations. He then played for the Joliet JackHammers.

Rich Loiselle

Richard Frank Loiselle (born January 12, 1972) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates over parts of six seasons spanning 1996–2001. Listed at 6' 5", 225 lb., Loisell batted and threw right handed. He was born in Neenah, Wisconsin.The San Diego Padres selected Loiselle in the 38th round of the 1991 MLB Draft. He then spent five seasons in the Padres Minor League system.

In 1994, MLB cancelled the postseason due to a strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association. As a result, spring training for the 1995 season began with replacement players in camp, but management and players eventually resolved the dispute before regular season games were played. Nevertheless, Loiselle, along with dozens of players who agreed to serve as replacement players, were subsequently blacklisted by the MLBPA.During the 1996 midseason, Loiselle was traded by San Diego along with Jeff Tabaka to the Houston Astros for Phil Plantier. A few days later, he was sent to the Pirates in exchange for Danny Darwin. Although Loiselle made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in that season, he was one of dozens of players that never were allowed membership into the MLBPA for crossing the picket line.His most productive season came in 1997, when he posted career numbers with a 3.10 ERA, 29 saves and 72⅔ innings pitched.In between, Loiselle pitched winter ball with the Navegantes del Magallanes club of the Venezuelan League in the 1995-96 season.

White Flag Trade

The White Flag Trade was a trade made between two Major League Baseball teams in 1997. On July 31, 1997, the Chicago White Sox traded three major players to the San Francisco Giants for six minor leaguers. At the time, the trade was maligned by the vast majority of White Sox fans as Jerry Reinsdorf giving up on the team, as they were only ​3 1⁄2 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the American League Central Division lead. "Anyone who thinks we can catch Cleveland is crazy," stated Reinsdorf. In 2000, however, the White Sox won the Central Division title, receiving large contributions from two of the players received in this trade (Keith Foulke and Bob Howry).


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