Feb 26, 2019

Italian / American Mets Third Base Coach: Gary Disarcina (2019)

Gary Thomas Disarcina was born November 19th 1967 in Malden, Massachusetts. The six foot one short stop was drafted by the California Angels in the 1988 amateur draft. 

Disarcina replaced Dick Scofield as the Angels main shortstop from 1992 through 1998. He had a solid season in 1995, making the A.L. All Star team, while batting a career best .307. He hit 28 doubles with 5 HRs 41 RBIs & a .34 on base %. He missed six weeks of action in that strike shortened season as well.

In 1998 the Angels voted him their best player, as the team finished second (85-77) under manager Terry Collins. Disarcina had career highs in hits (158) doubles (39) runs scored (78) & RBIs (56) while batting .287. Injuries hampered him in his final seasons & was forced to retire at the age of 33.

Trivia: He made the last out in Kenny Rogers no hitter on July 28th 1994.

He spent his entire 12 year playing career with Angels playing in 1086 games batting .258 with 28 HRs 186 doubles & 355 RBIs. 

At short stop he played 1069 games posting a .973 fielding % turning 131 double plays, making 131 errors in 4934 chances. He would lead the AL in assists in 1992 & again in 1994. In 1998 he turned the most double plays in the league (103). In 1992 he led all shortstops in errors. His .973 fielding % is 61st all time as of 2018.

Retirement: After a failed attempt at making a comeback as a player with the Boston Red Sox, he held many positions with the team. He became an analyst for the Boston Red Sox on NESN, a minor league manager & front office consultant. 


In 2013 he was named Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year Award. He led the 2013 AAA Pawtucket PawSox to a first place finish & into the finals, but fell short of the Championship.

Trivia: In 2006 he was Team Italy's third base coach in the World Baseball Classic.

He returned to the Angels organization (2014 - 2016) where he coached third base & first base for Mike Scioscia's Angels. 

In 2017 he served as Boston Red Sox bench coach under John Farrell, but was let go after Farrell was fired after the 2017 ALDS.

In 2018 he was hired as bench coach under Mickey Callaway for the New York Mets. After one season in that role he is moving over to third base coach for 2019.

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