Bronswell Patrick

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Bronswell Patrick
J. T. Snow and Bronswell Patrick (cropped).jpg
Patrick with the Giants
Pitcher
Born: (1970-09-16) September 16, 1970 (age 50)
Greenville, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 18, 1998, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1999, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record5–1
Earned run average5.04
Strikeouts55
Teams

Bronswell Dante Patrick (born September 16, 1970) is a former baseball relief pitcher. He played in parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) and appeared in several international leagues.

Playing career[edit]

Patrick attended D. H. Conley High School in Winterville, North Carolina where he played baseball, basketball and football. He had scholarship offers to play both football and baseball at NC State University but chose instead to sign with the Oakland Athletics after they selected him in the 23rd round of the 1988 MLB draft with the 593rd overall pick.[1] Patrick started out with the Phoenix Athletics in the Arizona League and pitched in Oakland's system until 1995, when he left as a minor league free agent.

Patrick had agreed to play as a "replacement player" in the wake of the 1994 baseball strike, but his MLB debut was postponed when the two sides struck a deal.[2] Until his Major League debut in 1998, he spent ten years languishing in the Oakland, Houston and Milwaukee farm systems. Upon signing with the Brewers before the 1998 season, he told his wife that we would retire if he did not make the Majors that year.[1]

On May 11, 1998, the Brewers placed Chad Fox on the disabled list and promoted Patrick from Triple-A Louisville. On May 18, 1998, he made his Major League debut as a reliever for the Brewers.[1] He spent much of that season with the Brewers, pitching 78​13 innings while appearing mostly in relief. He collected four wins and one loss, struck out 49 batters, and posted a 4.69 earned run average.[3] In a game on August 1, he hit a home run against Félix Rodríguez, becoming the first Brewers pitcher to hit a home run since Skip Lockwood in 1971.[4] In a September 13 game against the Chicago Cubs, Patrick surrendered a home run to Sammy Sosa, during Sosa's chase of the record for the single-season home run record. The home run in question was Sosa's 61st of the season, tying the previous mark set by Yankees outfielder Roger Maris, and placing him one behind McGwire, who had hit his 62nd on September 8. Later in the same game, Sosa would hit his 62nd against Eric Plunk to pull into a tie with McGwire.[5]

After the season, the Brewers removed Patrick from their roster, and he joined the San Francisco Giants organization. Working as a starter for their AAA affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies, Patrick set a Fresno record with 14 wins.[6] The Giants rewarded him for his good work with a September callup, and he appeared in six games for them, picking up a win and a save despite a 10.12 ERA.[3] His one save came on September 29, 1999 against the arch rival Dodgers. Patrick retired the final two batters of the game to preserve a 5-1 Giants victory. Patrick nailed down the win for starting pitcher Liván Hernández.[7]

The Giants removed him from their roster after the season, but Patrick continued to pitch professionally. In 2002, he pitched in the Korea Baseball Organization for the Samsung Lions. He was one of the top pitchers in the Mexican League in 2003, with his 13–2 record helping the Mexico City Red Devils win their 14th championship. Most recently, he spent part of 2005 with the Tabasco Olmecas and Yucatán Lions of that same league, then joined the Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.[8] In a 2000 interview with the Calgary Sun, Patrick was quoted as saying, "I'm going to continue to try and pitch as long as I can. Until they come and tell me they're taking the uniform away, and even then they're not getting it without a fight."[citation needed]

In between, Patrick played winter ball with the Leones del Caracas and Tiburones de La Guaira clubs of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League in three seasons spanning 1997–2005.[8]

Coaching[edit]

Patrick (right) holding a mound visit as the El Paso Chihuahuas pitching coach in 2019

In 2008, Patrick joined the staff of the AZL Padres as the team's pitching coach. He also worked in the same capacity for the Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League in the 2010 season.[9]

Before the 2013 season, he was named pitching coach of the Tucson Padres.[10]

In 2015, he was hired as the pitching coach of the El Paso Chihuahuas. In 2016, he was named the pitching coach for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game.[11]

Patrick has coached for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League, and was promoted to manager of the club for the 2018–19 season.[citation needed] In 2020, he became the Águilas de Mexicali manager.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Patrick married his wife, Julie, in the late 1990s while he was still a minor leaguer. Shortly after getting married, they had a son named Tavian.[1] Tavian was recruited to play college football at Arizona State.[12]

According to Patrick, his unusual given name was suggested by an aunt, who claimed to have seen it used overseas. He has two sons and one daughter.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Shemanske, Susan (August 18, 1998). "A long time coming". The Journal Times. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  2. ^ Baseball Almanac – 1994 Major League Baseball replacement players
  3. ^ a b "Bronswell Patrick Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ Lobner, Kyle (1 August 2011). "Today In Brewer History: Bronswell's Big Fly". Brew Crew Ball. SB Nation. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  5. ^ Dedman, Bill (14 September 1998). "BASEBALL; Sosa Matches McGwire With Homers 61 and 62 (Published 1998)". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Fresno Grizzlies Team Records". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN199909290.shtml
  8. ^ a b "Bronswell Patrick Minor, Mexican, Korean, CPBL & Winter Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  9. ^ MiLB.com Statistics
  10. ^ "Pat Murphy Named Tucson Padres Manager". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. October 23, 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  11. ^ Bloomquist, Bret (July 7, 2016). "Chihuahuas' Patrick honored by All-Star nod". El Paso Times. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  12. ^ Obert, Richard (May 20, 2016). "Desert Ridge All-Arizona KR Tavian Patrick to play at ASU". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 27 January 2021.

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