Monday, August 20, 2012
Mike Fetters (born December 19, 1964, Van Nuys, California) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who had a sixteen year career from 1989 to 2004. Although Fetters was born in Van Nuys, California, Fetters grew up in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Fetters is a graduate of Iolani School, where he played baseball in the early 1980s, and was an all-state performer.
Fetters is married to Tanya and have four children together. Fetters is currently a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Fetters attended Pepperdine University, and during that time he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 22nd round of the 1983 MLB Draft. Fetters postponed his professional career to focus on attending Pepperdine University.
Fetters was the first player from Pepperdine University to play for the USA Baseball National team, as part of the All-Star squad that that competed in Venezuela for the America’s Cup in October, 1985.
On June 18, 1986, Fetters was drafted by the Angels in the first round, 27th overall in the MLB 1986 Draft. Fetters played for eight teams during his sixteen year career with the Angels, Brewers, Athletics, Orioles, Dodgers, Pirates, Twins and Diamondbacks.
His best season is said to be in 1996, where he recorded 32 saves for the Brewers, which was the fifth-most in the American League that year. He made the post season in 2002 with Arizona after the Diamondbacks won the National League West, and was part of a Twins team that won the 2003 American League Central, though Fetters didn’t pitch much that season due to injury.
Highlights and Awards:
Holds several records with Pepperdine University still unbroken
Inducted in the Pepperdine University Department of Athletics 2011 Hall of Fame