Larry Bearnarth

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Larry Bearnarth
Born: (1940-09-11)September 11, 1940
New York City, New York
Died: December 31, 1999(1999-12-31) (aged 58)
Seminole, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1963, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
May 30, 1971, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record13–21
Earned run average4.13
Innings pitched322 ​23
As player

As pitching coach

Lawrence Donald Bearnarth (September 11, 1941 – December 31, 1999) was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets (1963–66) and Milwaukee Brewers (1971). Bearnarth batted and threw right-handed and was listed as 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 203 pounds (92 kg).


Bearnarth was born in a hospital in Manhattan, but lived as a child in Brooklyn and later in Staten Island. He went to St. Peter's High School on Staten Island and played varsity basketball and baseball. He then attended St. John's University, and graduated with a degree in English literature. He died from a heart attack at the age of 58 on New Year's Eve 1999, the day before the new millennium, at his home in Florida.

Playing career[edit]

In a five-season career, Bearnarth posted a 13–21 record with a 4.13 ERA and eight saves in 173 games pitched. He allowed 350 hits and 135 bases on balls in 32223 innings pitched, with 124 strikeouts.

Bearnarth was signed by the Mets in 1962 and went directly to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs of the International League. A year later wearing #31, he started his big league career for the 1963 Mets, a team coming off an historic 40–120 record in its inaugural season as an expansion team. Despite his 3–8 record in his rookie year, Bearnarth maintained a 3.46 ERA in a career-high 12613 innings pitched. During the next three seasons, he divided his playing time between the Mets and Triple-A Buffalo and Jacksonville.

From 1967 to 1970 Bearnarth pitched in Triple-A with the Jacksonville Suns (1967–68) and Tidewater Tides. In 1971 he was signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers and wore #29, retiring at the end of the season. He was able to get the required pension time as an active player (five years then). Then, following his playing career, he became a pitching coach.

Bearnarth became pitching coach for the Montreal Expos in 1976 wearing #48 and between 1985 and 1991 wearing #36. Under his guidance, the team's ERA never was higher than 3.92 (in 1986), including the best ERA in Expos' history, at 3.08 (1988). Two years later, his staff led the National League with a 3.37 ERA (1990). He was a minor league pitching instructor in the Montreal farm system between those terms.

In 1993 Bearnarth became the first pitching coach in Colorado Rockies history wearing #36, continuing in that post until 1995. After that, he scouted during four seasons for the Detroit Tigers (1996–99).

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Preceded by
Cal McLish
Galen Cisco
Montreal Expos pitching coach
Succeeded by
Jim Brewer
Joe Kerrigan
Preceded by
Franchise established
Colorado Rockies pitching coach
Succeeded by
Frank Funk