Jul 21, 2012

Former Met David Segui (1994) & His Big League Dad Diego Segui

David Segui was born July 19, 1966 in Kansas City Missouri. David is the son of former MLB pitcher Diego Segui.

Diego Pablo Segui was born on August 17, 1937 in Holguin, Cuba. He had the distinction of playing with two Athletics team franchises, as well as both Seattle franchises. He pitched for the Kansas City A’s (1962-1966) & then the Oakland A’s (1968/ 1970-1972).

He was mostly a starting pitcher through 1965; posting winning records his first two seasons. In 1964 he led the league in losses going 8-17, going to 5-15 the next year. He also spent one season in Washington (1966) before rejoining the A’s.

In 1969 he was a member of the expansion Seattle Pilots. He went 12-6 (second most wins on the staff) with 12 saves out of the Pilots bullpen, in their short lived one year in Seattle. In 1970 he led the AL in ERA (2.56) going 10-10 with Oakland.

In 1971 he was on an Oakland staff where all the starters had double figures in victories, as he went 10-8 for the A.L. Western Champs. In the ALCS against Baltimore, he had a rough outing, allowing three runs on six hits & six walks in 4.2 innings pitched. He went to St. Louis for parts of two seasons before going to the Boston Red Sox in 1974-1975. He pitched out of the Red Sox bull pen going 2-5 with six saves for the ’75 AL Champions. In the World Series he pitched one inning against the Big Red Machine.

In 1977 he pitched for the expansion Seattle Mariners becoming known as “The Ancient Mariner” going 0-7 with two saves & a 5.69 ERA. In his 15 year career Diego was 92-111 with seven saves 1298 strike outs in 1807 innings pitched in 639 appearances posting a 3.81 ERA. Diego was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2006 in San Francisco, California

His son David Segui, came up with the Baltimore Orioles in 1990 spending four seasons there, having his first full season in 1993, batting .273 with 10 HRs & 60 RBIs. At the end of Spring Training 1994 he was traded to the New York Mets for Kevin Baez & a minor leaguer.

Segui played some first base & outfield in 92 games for the 1994 Mets. He drove in two runs in his first game, although he did not get a hit. He drove in one run with a fielder’s choice & another on a sacrifice fly. He only batted .235 in April but drove in 13 runs while getting 20 hits. He had six HRs in July and was seeing steady action in the line up until he was injured in August ending his season. He ended up hitting only .241 with 10 HRs 17 doubles & 43 RBIs in 336 at bats.

It wasn’t until years later that Segui admitted to using anabolic steroids while with the Mets, obtaining them from a former club house attendant. But Segui had a doctor's prescription for HGH to correct a deficiency he had been diagnosed with. He went public in 2006 after being linked to use with Jason Grimsley & named in the Mitchell Report.

In 1995 he was hitting .329 after 33 games when the Mets traded him to the Montreal Expos for Cornelius Reid. He ended up hitting .309 on the year (8th in the league). Two years later in 1997 he hit 21 HRs with 22 doubles & 68 RBIs batting .307. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners batting .305 with 84 RBIs.

In 2000 between Texas & Cleveland he drove in 103 runs with 19 HRs & 42 doubles while batting a career high .334 (6th in the league). He then signed on as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles in 2001 finishing his career there in 2004.

After playing with eight MLB teams (1456 games), in a 15 year career he hit .291 with 1412 hits 139 HRs 284 doubles 16 triples & 684 RBIs with a .359 on base %.

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