DiSarcina with the California Angels
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – No. 9|
|Shortstop / First base coach|
November 19, 1967 |
|September 23, 1989, for the California Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 8, 2000, for the Anaheim Angels|
|Runs batted in||355|
|Career highlights and awards|
Gary Thomas DiSarcina (born November 19, 1967) is an American professional baseball coach. Since 2014 he has been a coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the team for which he played his entire Major League career.
Shortstop for Angels (1992–98)
A former shortstop who stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg), DiSarcina was raised in Billerica, Massachusetts, and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was drafted by the California Angels in the sixth round of the 1988 amateur draft.
After brief Major League trials from 1989–91, DiSarcina replaced Dick Schofield as the Angels' regular shortstop in 1992 and held the job through 1998. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1995, a strike-shortened year when he batted a career-high .307 in 99 games played. He missed six weeks of action during that season, from August 4 through September 18, after sustaining a torn ligament in his thumb.
In 1998, his finest all-around season, he was voted the Angels' team MVP. That year, in 157 games played, DiSarcina reached career highs in hits (158) and runs batted in (56), while batting .287. But it was his last full season as a player; his career, hampered by injuries — including a broken arm that cost him half of the 1999 season — wound down during the next two years. He played only 12 games in 2000 and was out of baseball in 2001 before attempting a final comeback in 2002 in the Boston Red Sox organization with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
DiSarcina wore several numbers over the course of his career. He wore the number 4 during his first season. He changed to number 11, then to number 33 (in tribute to Larry Bird), and finally to number 9 for his remaining four seasons.
Minor league manager, MLB executive
After DiSarcina's playing career ended, he was associated with the Red Sox for several seasons, as baseball operations consultant to the team's front office, an in-studio analyst for the New England Sports Network, minor league manager and instructor. He skippered the Lowell Spinners of the Short Season-A New York–Penn League for three above-.500 seasons (2007–09) and served as the Red Sox' minor league infield instruction coordinator in 2010. DiSarcina was also the third base coach for Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
He then came back to the Red Sox organization for one season — 2013 — as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston's Triple-A minor league affiliate. During 2013, he led the PawSox to a first-place finish in the IL North Division with an 80–63 record and into the finals of the Governors' Cup championship, before his club fell to the Durham Bulls. For his efforts, he was selected 2013 Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. DiSarcina's four-year managerial record through 2013 is 205–162 (.559).
DiSarcina's success at Pawtucket earned him a Major League managerial interview for the opening with the Seattle Mariners (who would hire Lloyd McClendon). On November 5, 2013, he joined the 2014 staff of Angels' manager Mike Scioscia, taking over the third-base coach's job from Dino Ebel, promoted to bench coach. After two seasons at third base, DiSarcina was shifted across the diamond to coach first base when Ron Roenicke rejoined Scioscia's staff for 2016 after a five-year absence.
- UMass Inducts 2005 Hall Of Fame Class :: Aprile, Bartley, DiSarcina, Roe, Scurry, and Whelchel joined Hall on Friday
- Gary DiSarcina Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac
- The Providence Journal, 2012-12-11
- The Providence Journal, 2013.12.05
- Los Angeles Times
- Angels.com, Nov. 18, 2015
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
|Lowell Spinners manager
|Pawtucket Red Sox manager
|Los Angeles Angels third base coach
|Los Angeles Angels first base coach