August 10, 1962 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|June 10, 1988 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 3, 1993 for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||3.49|
Michael Ralph Schooler (born August 10, 1962 in Anaheim, California), is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1988-1993 for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. He attended Garden Grove High School in Garden Grove, California, Cal State Fullerton and Golden West College
Schooler became Seattle's bullpen ace in the second half of 1988, saving 15 games and striking out better than a batter an inning. He surpassed that performance in 1989, his first full season, improving his control and finishing third in the American League in saves, trailing only Jeff Russell and Bobby Thigpen. He was on pace for another good season in 1990, but shoulder stiffness forced him to miss the final month.
He ended up posting thirty saves in 1990, good for eighth in the league, but the shoulder injury lingered, and forced him to miss the first half of the 1991 season. He returned July 12 and recorded seven saves, but his arm was still showing the effects of the injury. In 1992, he allowed seven home runs, all of which tied the game or put the opposition in the lead. This resulted in a 4.70 ERA, by far the highest of his career. The Mariners released Schooler following the 1992 season. This paved the way for Norm Charlton to become the Mariners' new closer.
He has been a gym teacher at Richardson Middle School, and Calle Mayor Middle School in Torrance California. He is now the gym teacher at Ladera Ranch Middle School in Ladera Ranch, California.
High School Pitching Coach
Schooler has been the pitching coach for the San Clemente High School baseball team, in San Clemente, CA since, 2009.
- Minnesota Twins vs Seattle Mariners June 10, 1988 Box Score baseball-almanac.com
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference