Dan Plesac Essentials
Bats: L Throws: L
Height: 77 Weight: 205
Born: Sunday, February 04, 1962 in Gary, IN USA
Last Game: 9/28/2003
Full Name: Daniel Thomas Plesac
A hard thrower with a mid-90 mph fastball and nasty slider, Plesac was originally a starting pitcher before becoming the closer of the Milwaukee Brewers. Plesac served primarily as a left-handed specialist from the mid-1990s until the end of his career, pitching for the Blue Jays twice, the Diamondbacks, and the Phillies.
He was elected to the American League All-Star team three times (1987, 1988 and 1989) and ended his career with a 65–71 record, a 3.64 ERA in 1,064 games and 1,072 innings pitched. In 1988, Plesac recorded three saves against the Twins in a weekend series immediately preceding the 1988 All Star Game in Cincinnati. Due to travel complications, he flew to Cincinnati on the Reds team chartered plane.
Plesac holds numerous all-time Brewers pitching records (minimum 500 innings pitched). He is the franchise’s career leader in games, saves and ERA. He is second in K/9 and WHIP (BB + H/IP), in both cases to Ben Sheets, and is fifth in K/BB ratio.
He was the last Phillies pitcher to pitch at Veterans Stadium. He struck out the only batter he faced, Ryan Langerhans, to record the third out in the top of the ninth inning on September 28, 2003 as the Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves, 5–2.
In his 18 year career, Plesac was never on the disabled list, never having surgery in or off season.
In the Tigers’ 6 – 4 win over the Brewers, Detroit’s Cecil Fielder hits a 502-foot home run, which is believed to be the first ball ever hit out of Milwaukee’s County Stadium, off Dan Plesac. The ball lands in the back of a truck driven by Gary Schumacher, who doesn’t stop until he is near Madison, WI.