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Douglas Keith Brocail (born May 16, 1967) is an American professional baseball pitcher and pitching coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, and Florida Marlins. He has coached in MLB for the Astros and Rangers.

Doug Brocail
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Brocail with the Texas Rangers in 2018
Baltimore Orioles – No. 26
Pitcher / Coach
Born: (1967-05-16) May 16, 1967 (age 52)
Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1992, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2009, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Win–loss record52–48
Earned run average4.00
As player

As coach


Playing careerEdit

Brocail attended Lamar High School in Lamar, Colorado where he won All-State honors in football, basketball, and baseball.[1] The San Diego Padres selected Brocail in the first round of the 1986 Major League Baseball draft. He did not make his major league debut until 1992 because of injuries sustained in the minors. Initially a starter, Brocail went 4–13 in his first full season (1993) before being converted to relief.

Brocail with the San Diego Padres

After the 1994 season, the Padres traded Brocail, Derek Bell, Ricky Gutiérrez, Pedro Martínez, Phil Plantier, and Craig Shipley to the Houston Astros for Ken Caminiti, Andújar Cedeño, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, and Brian Williams.[2] After the 1996 season, the Astros traded Brocail, Brian Hunter, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller, and cash to the Detroit Tigers for Brad Ausmus, José Lima, Trever Miller, C. J. Nitkowski, and Daryle Ward.[3] After the 2000 season, the Tigers traded Brocail, Ausmus, and Nelson Cruz to the Astros for Roger Cedeño, Chris Holt, and Mitch Meluskey.[4]

More arm problems kept Brocail out of the major leagues for nearly four years (2000–04). He returned in 2004 with the Texas Rangers. He pitched for San Diego in 2006 and 2007 and for the Astros in 2008 and 2009 before retiring.

Coaching careerEdit

After the Houston Astros fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg on June 14, 2011, Brocail was named the interim pitching coach.[5] In October 2013, Brocail was reassigned by the Astros to the role of special assistant.[6]

In November 2015, Brocail was offered a spot as the Texas Rangers pitching coach by Rangers manager Jeff Banister. Brocail accepted the position, replacing the departed Mike Maddux. Brocail led a highly regarded pitching staff that included ace Cole Hamels in 2017.[7] He was fired by the Rangers after the 2018 season.[8]

In January 2019, Brocail was announced as the Baltimore Orioles pitching coach.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Brocail and his wife Lisa have five daughters. The family lives in Missouri City, Texas.[10]

On September 13, 2004, Brocail was involved in an incident at the McAfee Coliseum, when the Texas Rangers were playing the Oakland Athletics. His rookie teammate Frank Francisco, angry at a fan for heckling Brocail, hoisted a folded chair into the stands, striking a female fan and breaking her nose.[11] Brocail would later pitch ​13 of an inning.

Brocail underwent angioplasty on March 11, 2006. He had complained of chest tightness that radiated into both arms. He already was being treated for an abscessed tooth and asthma.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Looking For `The Natural`". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  2. ^ MURRAY CHASS (December 29, 1994). "BASEBALL; Padres and Astros Make a 12-Player Swap - The New York Times". Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "TIGERS FILL SOME GAPING HOLES IN 10-PLAYER DEAL WITH ASTROS". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "Tigers, Astros work six-player trade - UPI Archives". December 11, 2000. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "Astros fire their pitching coach". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  6. ^ Ortiz, Jose. "Astros make changes to Porter's staff". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Texas Rangers hire Doug Brocail as pitching coach". Associated Press. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Texas Rangers: Sources: Rangers part ways with pitching coach Doug Brocail as they remake staff | SportsDay". Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Orioles Announce New Coaching Staff". Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Texas Rangers: Rangers' Doug Brocail wants to be on a boat in Houston right now – and he still may end up there | SportsDay". Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Memorable Brawls". Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
  12. ^ "Padres pitcher Doug Brocail undergoes heart surgery". The San Diego Union-Tribune. March 12, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2019.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brad Arnsberg
Houston Astros pitching coach
Succeeded by
Brent Strom
Preceded by
Mike Maddux
Texas Rangers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Julio Rangel
Preceded by
Roger McDowell
Baltimore Orioles pitching coach
Succeeded by