Casey Fien

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Casey Fien
Casey Fien on August 23, 2015.jpg
Fien with the Minnesota Twins in 2015
Relief pitcher
Born: (1983-10-21) October 21, 1983 (age 36)
Santa Rosa, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 26, 2009, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
June 20, 2017, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record17–18
Earned run average4.42

Casey Michael Fien (/fn/ feen;[1] born October 21, 1983), is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Phillies.


Fien attended John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, California. For college, he attended William Penn University, Golden West College, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.[2] At Cal Poly, he was roommates with fellow MLB pitcher Bud Norris.[3]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

The Detroit Tigers selected Fien in the 20th round of the 2006 MLB draft. He was called up by the Tigers on July 24, 2009 from the Toledo Mud Hens to replace Eddie Bonine.[4]

Fien pitching for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2007.

On February 23, 2010, Fien was designated for assignment to make roster room for the newly acquired Johnny Damon. On March 1, 2010 he was selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox, and then selected again by the Toronto Blue Jays on March 4. The Blue Jays released him on March 18 and he rejoined the Tigers on March 20.[5]

On June 29, 2010, he was purchased from Triple-A to replace Joel Zumaya, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.[6] He was sent back down to Toledo on June 3.[7] They called him back up on July 20.[8] He was again sent back down to Toledo on July 21.[9] He filed for free agency after the season ended.

Houston Astros[edit]

In November 2010, Fien signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.[10] He was released during the season.[11]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

In 2011, Fien signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.

On July 4, 2012, Fien was called up to the majors from the Triple A Rochester Red Wings, after the Twins optioned Nick Blackburn.[12]

On July 8, 2012, Fien made his debut with the Twins, pitching a scoreless 8th inning against the Texas Rangers.[13]

He finished 2012 making appearances in 35 games for the Twins, finishing the year with a 2–1 record and 4.30 ERA with 32 strikeouts.

In 2013, Fien finished the year with a 5–2 record and a 3.92 ERA in 73 appearances for the Twins, striking out 73 and walking 12.

On May 5, 2016, Fien was designated for assignment by the Twins.[14]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On May 7, 2016, Fien was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.[15] He joined the Dodgers bullpen on May 28, after spending several weeks with the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers.[16] He was designated for assignment on September 10, 2016.[17] On September 13, 2016, Fien cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 25 games for the Dodgers he had a 4.21 ERA.[18]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Fien signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners on December 3, 2016.[19] After 5 appearances early in the season, Fien was outrighted off the 40 man roster on April 12.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On May 9, 2017 the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Fien via trade from the Seattle Mariners for cash consideration and assigned him to the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs.[20] He was released on September 1, 2017 [21]


Fien is the nephew of Republican California State Senators George and Sharon Runner,[22] the first husband and wife in California history to serve concurrently in the California State Legislature when George was a Senator and Sharon an Assemblywoman.[23][24][25]


  1. ^ "Casey Fien (biography)". Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Hageman, Parker (July 17, 2013). "Casey Fien has been a find for the Twins". Twins Daily. Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "Bud Norris' college roommate looking to make splash with Astros". KHOU. February 7, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "Guillen's RBI single in 10th caps Tigers' 4–3 victory over White Sox". ABC News. July 25, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ Beck, Jason (March 8, 2010). "Fien finds himself baseball's traveling man: Pitcher member of Tigers, Red Sox and Jays in span of a week". Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Beck, Jason (June 29, 2010). "Tigers call on Fien in wake of Zumaya injury". Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "Tigers activate setup man Perry from DL". July 3, 2010. Archived from the original on July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "Tigers opt for bullpen help with Inge on DL". July 20, 2010. Archived from the original on July 23, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "Tigers call up Scott Sizemore, send Casey Fien back to Toledo". July 21, 2010.
  10. ^ Lowe, John (November 11, 2010). "Tigers pitcher Casey Fien leaves for Astros". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  11. ^ "Minor League Transactions: July 27-Aug. 2". Baseball America. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  12. ^ Shipley, John (July 4, 2012). "Minnesota Twins demote Nick Blackburn to Rochester, call up Casey Fien". Pioneer Press. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  13. ^ Press, Associated (July 8, 2012). "Ian Kinsler's single in 13th boosts Rangers by Twins". ESPN. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  14. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 5, 2016). "Twins Place Tommy Milone, Casey Fien On Waivers". Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  15. ^ "Dodgers' Casey Fien: Claimed by Dodgers". May 7, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  16. ^ Stephen, Eric (May 28, 2016). "Casey Fien called up to join Dodgers bullpen". SB Nation. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  17. ^ Stephen, Eric (September 10, 2016). "Dodgers designate Casey Fien for assignment". SB Nation. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "2016 Los Angeles Dodgers Batting, Pitching & Fielding Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Mariners announce the signings of free agent relievers Marc Rzepczynski and Casey Fien". December 3, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  20. ^ "Phillies Twitter". May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ "This pitcher has government backing". Detroit Free Press. December 7, 2008. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  23. ^ "California Legislature Handbook 2007-2008" (PDF). California State Legislature. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 11, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  24. ^ "Biography, George Runner, First District, Vice Chair". California State Board of Equalization. Archived from the original on July 18, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  25. ^ "Biography - Sharon Runner". California State Senate Republican Caucus. Archived from the original on August 31, 2015.

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