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Not to be confused with Dave Stapleton (infielder).

David Earl "Dave" Stapleton (born October 16, 1961) is a retired professional baseball pitcher whose career spanned six seasons, two of which were spent in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Milwaukee Brewers (1987–88). The majority of Stapleton's career was spent in the minor leagues. His career began in 1984 with the Class-A Beloit Brewers of the Midwest League. During his minor league career, Stapleton compiled a 30–26 record with a 3.43 earned run average (ERA) in 444 innings pitched. Over his two years in the majors, he compiled a 2–0 record with a 3.81 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 28​13 innings pitched. Stapleton batted and threw left-handed. During his professional career, he was listed at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) and a weight of 185 pounds (84 kg).

Dave Stapleton
Born: (1961-10-16) October 16, 1961 (age 57)
Miami, Arizona
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 14, 1987, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
May 10, 1988, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record2–0
Earned run average3.81

Early lifeEdit

Stapleton was born in Miami, Arizona on October 16, 1961. He attended Grand Canyon University from 1982 to 1983.[1] He posted a 16–5 record with a 3.28 earned run average (ERA) in his two years on the school's baseball team, who won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship in 1982.[2] As a member of the school's 1982 baseball team, Stapleton is enshrined in Grand Canyon University's athletic hall of fame.[3]

Playing careerEdit

In 1983, Stapleton was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as an amateur free agent. He began his professional career in 1984 in Milwaukee's minor league organization. With the Class-A Beloit Brewers that season, he went 9–6 with a 2.33 ERA in 48 games, all in relief. Milwaukee assigned Stapleton to the Stockton Ports of the Class-A California League in 1985. With the Ports, he compiled a 2–9 record with a 2.54 ERA in 52 relief appearances. Stapleton was promoted to the Double-A level in 1986. With the El Paso Diablos of the Texas League that year, he compiled a 6–2 record with a 3.15 ERA in 38 relief appearances.

Stapleton started the 1987 season with the Double-A El Paso Diablos, where in four games he compiled a 1.74 ERA. He was soon promoted to the Triple-A Denver Bears. Stapleton went 11–3 with a 4.05 ERA, five saves and 74 strikeouts in 44 games, nine of which were starts. Of his nine starts, Stapleton went for a complete game in four and pitched a shutout in one. During the month of August with the Bears, Stapleton went a perfect 6–0.[4] He was called up to the Milwaukee Brewers on September 14, 1987.[5] He made his Major League Baseball debut that day, earning a win in 3​13 innings pitched against the New York Yankees.[5][6] Stapleton finished the 1987 season with Milwaukee going 2–0 with a 1.84 ERA and 14 strikeouts in four games, all in relief.

In January 1988, Stapleton re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.[7] That year, he started the season in the major leagues.[8] He made his season debut that year against the Boston Red Sox, pitching 1​23 innings, giving-up no runs on two hits.[9] After just six games with the Brewers, Stapleton suffered a shoulder injury, which ended his season.[8] In those games, he compiled no wins or losses with a 5.93 ERA and six strikeouts. Stapleton was removed from the Brewers 40-man roster after undergoing surgery on his injured shoulder.[8] After the season, the Houston Astros selected him in the Rule 5 draft.[8][10]

In 1989, Stapleton played with the Houston Astros during spring training.[11] Before the start of the regular season, the Astros returned Stapleton to the Milwaukee Brewers.[12] After pitching in extended spring training, the Brewers assigned Stapleton to the Triple-A Denver Bears.[13] He spent the entire season with Denver, going 2–6 with a 5.10 ERA, one save and 46 strikeouts in 34 games, 10 of which were starts.

Coaching careerEdit

In 2001, Stapleton was hired as the head baseball coach of his alma mater, Grand Canyon University. In 2002, he led the team to a 38–21 record.[2] The school's baseball/softball complex, Stapleton-Pierson Stadium, is partially named after him.[14] On March 10, 2011, Stapleton was dismissed.[15] In February 2014, he was named manager of the Orem Owlz.[16]


Stapleton resides in Chandler, Arizona with his wife, Patti and their children; Kadi and Dakota.[17]


General references
  1. "Dave Stapleton Statistics and History". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. "Dave Stapleton Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
Inline citations
  1. ^ "Grand Canyon University Antelopes (Phoenix, AZ)". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Head Coach: Grand Canyon University". College Baseball Camps. America's Baseball Camps. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame: 1982 Baseball Team". Grand Canyon University Athletics Department. Grand Canyon University. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Denver beats Omaha, 3-1, to take league lead". The Milwaukee Journal. 1 September 1987. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  5. ^ a b Haudricourt, Tom (15 September 1987). "Stapleton delivers victory for Brewers". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Dave Stapleton 1987 Pitching Gamelogs". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Meyer, Riles are among 7 Brewers who sign". The Milwaukee Journal. 27 January 1988. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d Haudricourt, Tom (6 December 1988). "Brewers, Gartner closer to contract". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Dave Stapleton 1988 Pitching Gamelogs". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Baseball". The Milwaukee Journal. 5 December 1988. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Astros blow out Dodgers". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. 12 March 1989. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Change of leadership done without fanfare". St. Paul Pioneer Press. 1 April 1989. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Brewers notes". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 20 April 1989. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Stapleton-Pierson Stadium". Grand Canyon University Athletics Department. Grand Canyon University. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  15. ^ "Grand Canyon Dismisses Stapleton as Baseball Head Coach". Grand Canyon University Athletics Department. Grand Canyon University. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  16. ^ "Coaching Staff Restructured for 2014" February 10, 2014, accessed July 22, 2014
  17. ^ "2011 Baseball Coaching Staff". Grand Canyon University Athletics Department. Grand Canyon University. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.

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