Doug Brocail

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, Texas Rangers, and Florida Marlins. He has coached in MLB for the Astros and Rangers.

Doug Brocail
Doug Brocail (29565292448) (cropped)
Brocail with the Texas Rangers in 2018
Baltimore Orioles – No. 26
Pitcher / Coach
Born: May 16, 1967 (age 52)
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
As player

As coach

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

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]

More arm problems kept Brocail out of the major leagues for nearly four years (2000–04). He returned in 2004 with the Texas Rangers. He pitched for San Diego in 2006 and 2007 and for the Astros in 2008 and 2009 before retiring.

Coaching career

After the Houston Astros fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg on June 14, 2011, Brocail was named the interim pitching coach.[5] In October 2013, Brocail was reassigned by the Astros to the role of special assistant.[6]

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 a highly regarded pitching staff that included ace Cole Hamels in 2017.[7] He was fired by the Rangers after the 2018 season.[8]

In January 2019, Brocail was announced as the Baltimore Orioles pitching coach.[9]

Personal life

Brocail and his wife Lisa have five daughters. The family lives in Missouri City, Texas.[10]

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, hoisted a folded chair into the stands, striking a female fan and breaking her nose.[11] Brocail would later pitch ​13 of an inning.

Brocail underwent angioplasty on March 11, 2006. He had complained of chest tightness that radiated into both arms. He already was being treated for an abscessed tooth and asthma.[12]

See also


  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". 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". December 11, 2000. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "Astros fire their pitching coach". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  6. ^ Ortiz, Jose. "Astros make changes to Porter's staff". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Texas Rangers hire Doug Brocail as pitching coach". Associated Press. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Texas Rangers: Sources: Rangers part ways with pitching coach Doug Brocail as they remake staff | SportsDay". Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Orioles Announce New Coaching Staff". Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Texas Rangers: Rangers' Doug Brocail wants to be on a boat in Houston right now – and he still may end up there | SportsDay". Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Memorable Brawls". Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
  12. ^ "Padres pitcher Doug Brocail undergoes heart surgery". The San Diego Union-Tribune. March 12, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2019.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brad Arnsberg
Houston Astros pitching coach
Succeeded by
Brent Strom
Preceded by
Mike Maddux
Texas Rangers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Julio Rangel
Preceded by
Roger McDowell
Baltimore Orioles pitching coach
Succeeded by
1992 San Diego Padres season

The 1992 San Diego Padres season was the 24th season in franchise history. It saw the team finish in third place in the National League West with a record of 82 wins and 80 losses. They also hosted the 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

1995 Caribbean Series

The thirty-seventh edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was held from February 3 through February 8 of 1995 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The series featured four teams from Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The hometown team, the Senadores de San Juan of the Puerto Rican League won the series. The team was managed by Luis Meléndez. The Most Valuable Player was Roberto Alomar, a second baseman with the Senadores de San Juan.

While the San Juan club had faced difficulty in emerging as the champions of the Puerto Rican Winter League, the team swept its way through the six-game Series by a 49-15 score. The Azucareros del Este of the Dominican League lost one game 16-0 by Puerto Rico. However they won all of their games against the other teams thanks to the arms of José Rijo, Pedro Martínez and Pedro Astacio to place second with a 4-2 record.

Puerto Rico was helped by having many major leaguers who normally would have taken off the time for spring training. Roberto Alomar (.560, 10 RBI, 9 R, .840 SLG, 2 SB) was the Series MVP and he was helped by Bernie Williams (.417, .875 SLG), Juan González (.375, .667 SLG), Edgar Martínez (.375, 9 RBI), Carlos Baerga, Rubén Sierra, a young Carlos Delgado hitting cleanup, Roberto Hernández, Rey Sánchez (.333), Doug Brocail (1-0, 1.00), José Alberro (1-0, 0.00 in 4 games), Eric Gunderson (1-0, 1.13), Ricky Bones and Chris Haney (2.45) among others. Sanchez had won the Puerto Rican Winter League batting title but batted 9th with the superb lineup in front of him.

1995 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1995 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League Central.

1995 San Diego Padres season

The 1995 San Diego Padres season was the 27th season in franchise history.

1998 Detroit Tigers season

The 1998 Detroit Tigers finished in fifth place in their first season in the American League Central Division with a record of 65-97 (.401), 24 games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers were outscored by their opponents 863 to 722. The Tigers drew 1,409,391 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1998, ranking 11th of the 14 teams in the American League.

The Tigers missed the playoffs for the eleventh straight season, tying a record set between 1973–83

1999 Detroit Tigers season

The 1999 Detroit Tigers had a record of 69–92 and finished in third place 27½ games behind the Indians. After a century of baseball at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, the 1999 season was the last for the team at Tiger Stadium. On September 27, 1999, Robert Fick had the final hit of the final game at Detroit's Tiger Stadium, a rooftop grand slam, which was the stadium's 11,111th home run. In the 2000 season, the Tigers moved to Comerica Park.

2000 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 2000 season was a season in American baseball. It was their first season at Comerica Park, after playing at Tiger Stadium since 1912, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue (also site of their previous stadiums since 1896).

2008 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 2008 season was the 47th season for the Houston Astros. The Astros attempted to return to the postseason, after missing the past two postseasons. This was the last season where the Astros finished the season above the .500 mark prior to the post season run in 2015.

Al Benton

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Felipe Lira

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George Uhle

George Ernest Uhle (September 18, 1898 – February 26, 1985) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he began his playing career with his hometown Cleveland Indians. After ten seasons, during which time he led the American League in wins, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, and games started, he was traded in 1928 to the Detroit Tigers for Jackie Tavener and Ken Holloway. He went on to play with the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and again with the Indians. When his career ended in 1936, he had won 200 games. His lifetime batting average of .289 (393-for-1360) is still a record for a pitcher (not playing at any other position)

On May 25, 1929, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-5 in 21 innings. Uhle, who was the winning pitcher, pitched twenty innings to earn his eighth win of the season with no losses. The losing pitcher, Ted Lyons, pitched all 21 innings for Chicago.

Babe Ruth himself credited George with being the toughest pitcher he ever faced, although Ruth batted .336 against Uhle. Out of 714 career home runs, he got only four off Uhle. Uhle had the second most strikeouts of Ruth by a pitcher, with 25. Only Lefty Grove had more, with 27.

He was buried at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, Ohio.

Harry Coveleski

Harry Frank Coveleski (April 23, 1886 – August 4, 1950) was a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and Detroit Tigers.

Justin Thompson (baseball)

Justin Ray Thompson (born March 8, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers from 1996 to 1999 and the Texas Rangers in 2005.

Lamar, Colorado

Lamar is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Prowers County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 7,804 at the 2010 United States Census. The city was named after Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II during the period that he was Secretary of the Interior in the futile hope that the then town would be named as the land office.

Lamar Community College

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Mike Moore (baseball)

Michael Wayne Moore (born November 26, 1959), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

In college Moore pitched for Oral Roberts University, going 28-11 with an ERA of 2.64. The Seattle Mariners drafted him with the first pick overall in the 1981 MLB amateur draft. During a 14-year baseball career, Moore pitched for the Mariners (1982–1988), Oakland Athletics (1989–1992) and the Detroit Tigers (1993–1995).

He made his Major League Baseball debut on April 11, 1982, and played his final game on August 31, 1995. His career concluded with a regular season win-loss record of 161-176 with a 4.39 earned run average, 79 complete games, and 16 shutouts in 450 games pitched (2,831.7 innings pitched). Moore was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1989 and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting.

Moore played for the Athletics in two World Series. He was a member of the A's team that swept the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series, starting and winning two of the four games, and hitting a double as well. He was also on the A's team that lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series. In 5 postseason series, Moore compiled a 3-2 won-loss record with a 3.29 earned run average.

Pedro Martínez (left-handed pitcher)

Pedro Martínez Aquino (born November 29, 1968 in Villa Mella, Dominican Republic), commonly but inaccurately referred to as Pedro A. Martínez (to distinguish him from the more famous Pedro Jaime Martínez), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

Tommy Bridges

Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges (December 28, 1906 – April 19, 1968) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers from 1930 to 1946. During the 1930s, he used an outstanding curveball to become one of the mainstays of the team's pitching staff, winning 20 games in three consecutive seasons and helping the team to its first World Series championship with two victories in the 1935 Series. He retired with 1,674 career strikeouts, then the eighth highest total in American League history, and held the Tigers franchise record for career strikeouts from 1941 to 1951.

Vic Sorrell

Victor Garland Sorrell (April 9, 1901 – May 4, 1972), nicknamed "Lawyer" and "The Philosopher," was a Major League pitcher who played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers. In 10 Major League seasons, Sorrell had a 92–101 record with a 4.43 career ERA. Sorrell also coached the North Carolina State University baseball team from 1946 to 1966.

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