Feb 26, 2021

Gary DiSarcina: Italian / American Mets Third Base Coach (2018-2021)

Gary Thomas DiSarcina
was born November 19th 1967 in Malden, Massachusetts. The six foot one short stop attended the University of Massachusetts getting drafted in the 6th round of the 1988 draft by the California Angels. 

He left UMass as the school leader in career hits, at bats & total bases getting into their Hall of Fame.

MLB Debut: Disarcina would debut the next season, on September 23rd, he entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 8th inning of a 6-2 loss to Cleveland. 

He played in just two brief games.
He had short stints on the 1990-1991 Angels teams before becoming the teams main short stop in 1992. 

DiSarcina would play 12 years with the California / Anaheim Angels, playing in over 150 games in four different seasons. He hoit twenty or more doubles in five different seasons. 

On July 28th, 1994 he made the final out of Texas Rangers pitcher, Kenny Rogers no hitter. 

All Star Selection: In 1995 he batted a career best .307 & .344 on base %. He hit six triples which was 8th most in the league. He was selected to the AL All Star team, coming in as a pinch runner & getting one at bat, where he flew out against Randy Meyers in the 9th inning of a 3-2 AL loss. 

In 1998 he batted .287 with career highs in hits (158) doubles (39) RBIs (56) & runs scored (73). 

Career Stats:
Disarcina is a carer .258 hitter with 28 HRs 186
doubles 20 triples & 355 RBIs playing in 1086 games. At short he played 1069 games with a .973 fielding %, making 131 errors in 4934 chances.

He twice led the AL in assists at short & once in turning double plays (1998). He spent four seasons in the top ten fielding %.

Retirement:
In 2006 he was a bench coach for Team Italy in the WBC. He also served an analyst for NESN on Red Sox games. 


Coaching Career: After his playing days he coached in the Boston Red Sox organization from 2007-2010. He returned to the Angels for two seasons 2011-2012 serving as assistant to the GM Jerry Dipoto. 

He went back to Boston in 2013 & won the Minor League Manager of the Year from Baseball America while managing AAA Pawtucket. 

In 2014, he interviewed for the Seattle Mariners
manager job but it went to Lloyd McClendon. He then joined Mike Scioscia back with the Angels as their first base & third base coach. 

In 2017 he went back to the Red Sox joining John Farell as the teams bench coach. Farell was fired after Boston lost in the ALDS.

Mets Coaching Career: DiSarcina left Boston to become the New York Mets bench coach under new manager Mickey Callaway. He stayed there for one season & then became the teams third base coach.

He returns for another season in that role in 2021.

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