Dan Serafini

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Dan Serafini
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Relief pitcher
Born: (1974-01-25) January 25, 1974 (age 40)
San Francisco, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 25, 1996 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win–loss record 15–16
Earned run average 6.01
Strikeouts 127
Teams

Daniel Joseph Serafini (born January 25, 1974) is a left-handed Major League Baseball relief pitcher who currently plays for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League.

Playing career[edit]

Minor league career[edit]

Serafini was a first round draft pick in the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft when the Minnesota Twins selected him as the 26th overall pick. He was drafted right out of Serra High School.

He began his professional career after signing with the Twins when he played for the rookie league team, the GCL Twins. He played in 8 games in 1992 and posted a 1-0 record with a 3.64 ERA. In 1993, he played for the Fort Wayne Wizards, the Twins Single-A team. He made 27 starts and posted a 10-8 record with a 3.65 ERA. He played for the Fort Myers Miracle, the Twins High-A team, in 1994. He made 23 starts and had a 9-9 record with a 4.61 ERA. While with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats in 1995, he was an All-Star in the Eastern League. Overall while with the Rock Cats, he went 12-9 with a 3.37 ERA. He also made one relief appearance for the Salt Lake Buzz, the Twins Triple-A affiliate, in 1995.

Major league career[edit]

In 1996, he was rated by Baseball America as the 76th-ranked prospect in the minor leagues. He made his major league debut on June 25 against the New York Yankees. He started the game and pitched 4.1 innings, gave up 5 runs, and got the loss. It was his only major league game of the year and pitched for the Salt Lake Buzz in the remainder of the 1996 season.

He pitched in the major leagues for the Twins in parts of the 1997 and 1998 seasons. His contract was purchased by the Chicago Cubs from the Twins on March 31, 1999. He played for the Cubs for the majority of the season, going 3-2 with a 6.93 ERA in 42 games (4 starts). That year, he also made two starts for the Iowa Cubs, the Cubs' Triple-A team.

In the 1999 offseason, on December 22, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for minor league outfielder Brandon Pernell. He pitched in 3 games for the Padres and recorded an 18.00 ERA. He also played for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s in which he had a 6.88 ERA in 26 games (4 starts). He was then traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Andy Bausher on June 28, 2000, and was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He made 7 starts for the Nashville Sounds, in which he went 4-3 with a 2.68 ERA. His performance earned him a callup to the Pirates major league club and he pitched in the rotation from August 5 until the end of the season, making 11 starts in which he went 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA.

He was released by the Pirates on March 20, 2001. He was signed to a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants on March 27. He began the year with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, but was released on April 24. He was then signed to a minor league contract on May 8 by the New York Mets. He played for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides before being released on August 5. He signed another minor league contract two days later, this time with the Milwaukee Brewers. He played for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians for the rest of the 2001 season and was granted free agency on October 15.

Serafini signed with the Anaheim Angels on November 3, 2001, but was released on March 28, 2002 before the season began. He did not play in 2002 and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on November 14, 2002. He began the 2003 season for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds but was released on April 21, 2003, after going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 3 games (2 starts). He then went to play in the Mexican League. His contract was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds on August 25, 2003 from the Mexican League. He played in his first major game since 2000 when he started a game for the Reds on August 26 against the Milwaukee Brewers. After 4 starts in which he went 0-3 with a 6.27 ERA, he was put into the bullpen for the remainder of the 2003 season. He went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 games for the Reds in 2003. Following the season, he was granted free agency on October 4.

From 2004 to 2007, Serafini pitched in Japan. He played for the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2004 and 2005, and the Orix Buffaloes in 2006 and 2007.

Serafini returned to major league baseball in the United States on July 31, 2007, when he signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He was assigned to the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He played in 11 games (3 starts) for the Sky Sox. He went 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA. On September 4, 2007, when rosters expanded, his contract was purchased by the major league club. The next day, he played in his first major league game since 2003, when he came in to pitch against the San Francisco Giants. He was used as a left-handed specialist for the Rockies. He pitched in just 3 games in his callup and had a 54.00 ERA in 1/3 innings. He became a free agent after the 2007 season.

On November 27, 2007, Major League Baseball suspended Serafini 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the league's joint drug prevention and treatment program. Serafini blamed the suspension on taking the substances in Japan for medical reasons as prescribed by Japanese doctors, and states he stopped taking them when he entered the US.

Serafini spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons with the Sultanes de Monterrey in the Mexican League.

In 2010, Serafini played for the Cañeros de Los Mochis in the Mexican Pacific League, the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League, and then appeared for Mexico in the February 2011 Caribbean Series.

In 2012, Serafini began the season with the Mexican League, then ended up with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. With the Bluefish he started 13 games and compiled a 4.02 ERA and 5-3 record. His last game was on August 26, 2012, vs the Sugar Land Skeeters--the day after Roger Clemens' notorious start with the same team. Although still on the Bluefish roster, Perry Miles, the voice of the Bluefish, suggested that was Serafini's last appearance of the season.

He then went back to the Mexican League, signing with the Naranjeros de Hermosillo on November 23, 2012.[1]

Current activities[edit]

Dan currently owns the Throw Like a Pro Baseball Academy in the Sparks, Nevada area. He offers baseball players customized personal training, focused on preventing injury and the areas of mechanics, pitching, fielding, and batting.

WCCO Error[edit]

In July 2006, a Cubs fan with a blog entitled Serafini Says was mistaken for the actual Dan Serafini by the radio station which broadcasts Twins games. The station broadcast an extended interview with the blogger without realizing its error.

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