Sean Runyan

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Sean Runyan
Born: (1974-06-21) June 21, 1974 (age 45)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
March 31, 1998, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 9, 2000, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–5
Earned run average3.66

Sean David Runyan (born June 21, 1974) is a former Major League Baseball player.

After attending Urbandale High School in Urbandale, Iowa, Runyan was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 5th round of the 1992 amateur draft.[1] After several seasons in the minors with the Quad City River Bandits, the Astros traded him to the San Diego Padres in 1997 for Luis Lopez,[2] but was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the Rule 5 draft that same year.[3]

Runyan's major league debut came on March 31, 1998. He would be used as a left-handed specialist out of the Tigers bullpen, and would go on to lead the American League in appearances with 88. The 88 appearances were 2 short of the American League record, but were enough to set the record for rookies.[4]

After dealing with arm troubles, Runyan pitched his final game on September 9, 2000. For his career, he pitched parts of 3 seasons, all in Detroit, and was out of baseball by 2003.


  1. ^ Center, Bill (March 17, 1997). "Padres deal off Eischen, Lopez". Copley News Service.
  2. ^ "Angels' Finley out; Elsewhere". Austin American-Statesman. March 17, 1997. p. C4.
  3. ^ "American League notes". Fresno Bee. December 16, 1997. p. D2.
  4. ^ Meyer, Paul (August 31, 2006). "Protecting Young Arms a Priority". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C7.

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