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Daniel Dean Warthen (born December 1, 1952) is an American former professional baseball player and current coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a left-handed pitcher.

Dan Warthen
Dan Warthen on August 2, 2016 (cropped).jpg
Warthen with the Mets in 2016
Born: (1952-12-01) December 1, 1952 (age 66)
Omaha, Nebraska
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 18, 1975, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1978, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Win–loss record12–21
Earned run average4.31
As player

As coach


Early lifeEdit

Warthen is Jewish. He attended high school in Omaha, Nebraska and was a high school All-American quarterback, tight end, and linebacker in football and also a star in baseball.[citation needed]

Playing careerEdit

Warthen with the Mets in 2011.

Warthen was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd round of the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft. Warthen made his Major League Baseball debut with the Expos on May 18, 1975, pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched four seasons in the major leagues with Montreal, Philadelphia and Houston. He finished his major-league career with a 12–21 win–loss record and a 4.31 ERA.[citation needed]

Coaching careerEdit

Warthen began his coaching career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981, following that with coaching in the minor league organizations of San Diego and Philadelphia. Warthen was the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers (1999–2002), San Diego Padres (1996–97) and Seattle Mariners (1992), also serving as the Mariners bullpen coach in 1991. He was the pitching coach for the Triple A Norfolk Tides from 2003–2005.[citation needed]

Warthen served as the bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers under manager Grady Little from 2006–2007. On June 17, 2008 Warthen was named the New York Mets pitching coach, replacing Rick Peterson. In the 2012 off-season rumors speculated that Warthen would not return due to the staff changes but he stayed along with then hitting coach Dave Hudgens.[1]

In 2014, Warthen used the slur "Chinaman" in a conversation with an Asian American interpreter in the clubhouse. He later issued an apology.[2]

Warthen was relieved of his coaching position on October 3, 2017, but was offered another role with the organization, which he declined.

On November 6, 2017 Warthen was hired by the Texas Rangers as the assistant pitching coach.[3]


  1. ^ Cerrone, Matthew (October 5, 2011). "Recap: Mets change coaching staff, Hale goes to A's". Archived from the original on 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  2. ^ Rubin, Adam. "Mets pitching coach sorry for slur". March 13, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
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Preceded by
Bill Plummer
Seattle Mariners bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Roger Hansen
Preceded by
Mike Paul
Seattle Mariners pitching coach
Succeeded by
Sammy Ellis
Preceded by
Sonny Siebert
San Diego Padres pitching coach
Succeeded by
Dave Stewart
Preceded by
Rick Adair
Detroit Tigers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Steve McCatty
Preceded by
Jim Lett
Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Ken Howell
Preceded by
Rick Peterson
New York Mets pitching coach
Succeeded by
Dave Eiland