Michael John Remlinger (born March 23, 1966 in Middletown, New York) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. Remlinger has played with the San Francisco Giants (1991), New York Mets (1994–95), Cincinnati Reds (1995–98), Atlanta Braves (1999–2002, 2006), Chicago Cubs (2003–2005), and the Boston Red Sox (2005). He bats and throws left-handed.
|Born: March 23, 1966|
Middletown, New York
|June 15, 1991, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 26, 2006, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Earned run average||3.90|
|Career highlights and awards|
A Dartmouth College graduate, Remlinger led the nation with a 1.59 ERA during his sophomore season. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 16th pick of the first round in the 1987 amateur draft.
In a 16-season career, Remlinger compiled a 53-54 record with a 3.89 ERA and 20 saves in 634 games. He pitched a three-hit shutout in his first MLB start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made the National League All-Star team in 2002.
Remlinger often pitched better against right-handed hitters, which is unusual for a left-handed pitcher.
On May 25, 2005, Mike Remlinger was placed on the 15-day Disabled List by the Chicago Cubs after breaking his left pinkie by getting it caught in a chair. At the time Remlinger was pitching quite poorly and many speculated the injury was a way of clearing roster space without putting Remlinger on waivers. Steve Stone, a baseball analyst and former Cubs broadcaster, often refers to having players "sit in the Remlinger chair" when they are playing badly during a season. Remlinger and cash were then traded to the Boston Red Sox for minor league pitcher Olivio Astacio. He was later released by Boston.
Remlinger signed a one-year minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in January 2006 after being released by the Red Sox. The Braves invited him to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, and later he was added to the 25-man roster.
The Braves designated Remlinger for assignment and later released him on June 26, 2006.