January 25, 1974 |
San Francisco, California
|June 25, 1997, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 1, 2007, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Earned run average||6.01|
|Career highlights and awards|
Daniel Joseph Serafini (born January 25, 1974) is an American former left-handed Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He was taken in the first round (26th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in the 1992 MLB draft.
Serafini attended Junípero Serra High School. In 1991, in a 7-0 Win over Salinas High School, Serafini pitched a CIF Central Coast Section playoff no-hitter. It remains the only playoff no-hitter in school history.
Draft and minor leagues
He began his professional career after signing with the Twins when he played for the rookie league team, the GCL Twins. He played in 8 games in 1992 and posted a 1-0 record with a 3.64 ERA. In 1993, he played for the Fort Wayne Wizards, the Twins Single-A team. He made 27 starts and posted a 10-8 record with a 3.65 ERA. He played for the Fort Myers Miracle, the Twins High-A team, in 1994. He made 23 starts and had a 9-9 record with a 4.61 ERA. While with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats in 1995, he was an All-Star in the Eastern League. Overall while with the Rock Cats, he went 12-9 with a 3.37 ERA. He also made one relief appearance for the Salt Lake Buzz, the Twins Triple-A affiliate, in 1995.
Major league career
In 1996, he was rated by Baseball America as the 76th-ranked prospect in the minor leagues. He made his major league debut on June 25 against the New York Yankees. He started the game and pitched 4.1 innings, gave up 5 runs, and got the loss. It was his only major league game of the year and pitched for the Salt Lake Buzz in the remainder of the 1996 season.
He pitched in the major leagues for the Twins in parts of the 1997 and 1998 seasons. His contract was purchased by the Chicago Cubs from the Twins on March 31, 1999. He played for the Cubs for the majority of the season, going 3-2 with a 6.93 ERA in 42 games (4 starts). That year, he also made two starts for the Iowa Cubs, the Cubs' Triple-A team.
In the 1999 offseason, on December 22, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for minor league outfielder Brandon Pernell. He pitched in 3 games for the Padres and recorded an 18.00 ERA. He also played for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s in which he had a 6.88 ERA in 26 games (4 starts). He was then traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Andy Bausher on June 28, 2000, and was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He made 7 starts for the Nashville Sounds, in which he went 4-3 with a 2.68 ERA. His performance earned him a callup to the Pirates major league club and he pitched in the rotation from August 5 until the end of the season, making 11 starts in which he went 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA.
He was released by the Pirates on March 20, 2001. He was signed to a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants on March 27. He began the year with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, but was released on April 24. He was then signed to a minor league contract on May 8 by the New York Mets. He played for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides before being released on August 5. He signed another minor league contract two days later, this time with the Milwaukee Brewers. He played for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians for the rest of the 2001 season and was granted free agency on October 15.
Serafini signed with the Anaheim Angels on November 3, 2001, but was released on March 28, 2002 before the season began. He did not play in 2002 and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on November 14, 2002. He began the 2003 season for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds but was released on April 21, 2003, after going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 3 games (2 starts). He then went to play in the Mexican League. His contract was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds on August 25, 2003 from the Mexican League. He played in his first major game since 2000 when he started a game for the Reds on August 26 against the Milwaukee Brewers. After 4 starts in which he went 0-3 with a 6.27 ERA, he was put into the bullpen for the remainder of the 2003 season. He went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 games for the Reds in 2003. Following the season, he was granted free agency on October 4.
Serafini returned to major league baseball in the United States on July 31, 2007, when he signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He was assigned to the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He played in 11 games (3 starts) for the Sky Sox. He went 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA. On September 4, 2007, when rosters expanded, his contract was purchased by the major league club. The next day, he played in his first major league game since 2003, when he came in to pitch against the San Francisco Giants. He was used as a left-handed specialist for the Rockies. He pitched in just 3 games in his callup and had a 54.00 ERA in 1/3 innings. He became a free agent after the 2007 season.
On November 27, 2007, Major League Baseball suspended Serafini 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the league's joint drug prevention and treatment program. Serafini blamed the suspension on taking the substances in Japan for medical reasons as prescribed by Japanese doctors, and states he stopped taking them when he entered the US.
In 2010, Serafini played for the Cañeros de Los Mochis in the Mexican Pacific League, the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League, and then appeared for Mexico in the February 2011 Caribbean Series.
In 2012, Serafini began the season with the Mexican League, then ended up with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. With the Bluefish he started 13 games and compiled a 4.02 ERA and 5-3 record. His last game was on August 26, 2012, vs the Sugar Land Skeeters—the day after Roger Clemens' notorious start with the same team. Although still on the Bluefish roster, Perry Miles, the voice of the Bluefish, suggested that was Serafini's last appearance of the season.
Serafini currently owns the Throw Like a Pro Baseball Academy in the Sparks, Nevada area. He offers baseball players customized personal training, focused on preventing injury and the areas of mechanics, pitching, fielding, and batting.
He also owns a bar Oak Tavern (formerly The Bullpen Bar), which was featured on an episode of Bar Rescue that aired on June 28, 2015.
In July 2006, a Cubs fan with a blog entitled Serafini Says was mistaken for the actual Dan Serafini by the radio station which broadcasts Twins games. The station broadcast an extended interview with the blogger without realizing its error.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Throw Like a Pro Baseball Academy
- The blogger at Serafini Says recounts the story of his radio interview
- Coverage of the Serafini impersonation incident from www.deadspin.com