Fetters with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019
|Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 43|
|Born: December 19, 1964|
Van Nuys, California
|September 1, 1989, for the California Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 16, 2004, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Earned run average||3.86|
Michael Lee Fetters (born December 19, 1964) is an American / Samoan professional baseball pitcher and coach. He is currently the bullpen coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played in Major League Baseball for eight teams during his sixteen-year career from 1989 to 2004. Fetters started his playing career with the California Angels and also played with the Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Minnesota Twins. Fetters had his best season in 1996 when he finished fifth in the American League in saves with thirty-two with the Brewers. Fetters finished his career with one hundred career saves.
Fetters played baseball at Pepperdine University and was drafted in the first round of the 1986 Major League Draft by the California Angels. Fetters is known for his head movement while on the mound. Prior to a pitch, he took a deep breath and moved his head quickly 90 degrees to the left. He explained that being stressed during pitching was the reason for his head movement. In 2002, teammate Mark Grace comically imitated the Fetters move when invited to pitch one Diamondbacks inning. During one game in the 2004 season, Houston Astro Craig Biggio imitated Fetters' head movement and scowl while batting against him, drawing laughter from the Houston crowd. Fetters is a cousin of American baritone Stephen Totter. As of 2019[update] he works as the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen coach after four years as a quality control coach.
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- Al Chase (8 May 2005). "Iolani graduate called it quits after 16 years in the majors". Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
- Bloom, Earl (June 16, 2013). "Ex-reliever Fetters still enjoying life in baseball". Orange County Register.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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