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August 10, 1962 |
|June 10, 1988, for the Seattle Mariners|
|September 3, 1993, for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||3.49|
Michael Ralph Schooler (born August 10, 1962), 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 closer 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.
Schooler has been a gym teacher at Richardson Middle School, and Calle Mayor Middle School in Torrance, California. He is now a gym teacher at Ladera Ranch Middle School in Ladera Ranch, California.
Beginning in 2009, Schooler was the pitching coach for the San Clemente High School baseball team, in San Clemente, CA. He has been coaching High school baseball at San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA, since 2014.
- Minnesota Twins vs Seattle Mariners June 10, 1988 Box Score baseball-almanac.com