Feb 15, 2018

Italian / American 2018 Mets Bench Coach: Gary DiSarcina (2018)

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.

He would debut the next season playing in just two brief games. He had short stints on the 1990-1991 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 a season four times.

On July 28th, 1994 he caught the final out of Kenny Rogers no hitter. In 1995 he was honored on the AL All Star team. He was career .258 hitters 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.

Trivia: 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 & DiSarcina left to become the New York Mets bench coach under new manager Mickey Callaway.

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