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September 9, 1970 |
Newark, New Jersey
|September 9, 1993, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 2006, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Earned run average||4.48|
Miceli was signed by the Kansas City Royals as an amateur free agent in 1990, but never saw time at the major league level for Kansas City. Instead, he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates (July 31, 1993) with pitcher Jon Lieber in exchange for pitcher Stan Belinda. Miceli made his major league debut on his birthday, September 9, 1993.
The Pirates tried Miceli as both a starter and in the bullpen, but the right-hander found his niche as a reliever, collecting a career high 21 saves in 1995. Unfortunately, Miceli battled a high ERA in Pittsburgh, a tendency that has followed him throughout his career. The Pirates dealt Miceli to the Detroit Tigers (November 1, 1996) for pitcher Clint Sodowsky.
Miceli's stint in the Motor City was short, but productive, recording over 82 innings all in relief. The oft-traded reliever was moved once again to the San Diego Padres with fellow pitcher Donne Wall and minor leaguer Ryan Balfe, for outfielder Trey Beamon and reliever Tim Worrell.
Frequent Flyer Miles
From 2000 through 2005, Miceli's services was sought from contenders and non-contenders alike, as teams attempted to fill vacancies in their bullpen. Miceli made stops in Florida, Texas, Cleveland, New York, Colorado (three times), Houston and even an overseas stay in Japan as member of the Yomiuri Giants.
In the 2004 season, Miceli became part of the Astros relief corps. That season, Miceli went 6-6 with a respectable 3.59 ERA, and made career highs in games (74) and strikeouts (83). Miceli also made his second postseason trip that season, coming within a game of another World Series berth. While he was a significant bullpen contributor during the regular season, he pitched poorly in the postseason. Particularly, in the NLCS he posted a 27.00 ERA in only 1.1 innings pitched and received the losses in 2 crucial games – in other words, "He gave it up", as the saying goes in baseball jargon. In contrast to his solid 2004 season, his performance in Japan was one of the worst in his career, losing 2 consecutive games to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and Yokohama BayStars, which were only his first two games, and resulted in being the fastest player to be released in Giants' History in only 4 games.
On January 12, 2006, the journeyman signed on with his tenth team, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, agreeing to a two-year deal. Part of a closer by committee system in Tampa, Miceli earned four saves and held opponents to a .217 batting average. A majority of Miceli's season was lost due to a right shoulder injury. The veteran righty entered the 2007 once again as a candidate for the Rays' closer. Poor results during spring training however cost the well traveled reliever a spot on Tampa Bay's forty-man roster, and on March 29, Miceli was released from the team.
In 631 career games, Miceli had a 43-52 record, with 4.48 ERA. He collected 632 strikeouts, and 310 walks in just over 700 innings pitched. Miceli also had 39 career saves, and had two singles in 22 at-bats.
Boston Red Sox
Long Island Ducks
Despite announcing his retirement, Miceli joined the Long Island Ducks for the 2009 season.