Wednesday, December 1, 2010
#276) DANNY BOITANO
Danny Boitano joined the New York Mets when his contract was purchased from the Milwaukee Brewers on April 5, 1981. The right-hander began the season at Triple-A Tidewater and registered a 5-6 record, seven saves, and a 3.74 ERA working mainly from the bullpen.
Mets' starting pitcher, Randy Jones sprained ligaments in his right ankle during an exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 8th. When the team placed Jones on the 21-day disabled list they recalled Danny from Tidewater. Boitano made his Mets debut on August 16, 1981 at Shea Stadium. He threw two-innings of relief in the 5-2 New York victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. In total, Dan pitched 16.1 innings in 15 games with a 5.51 ERA and a 2-1 record for the Mets.
Boitano was traded from New York along with Doug Flynn to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Jim Kern on December 11, 1981.
At the conclusion of his five-year professional baseball career, he joined the Valley Wide Beverage Company. Becoming a well-respected Vice-President for the beer wholesaler that spans six counties, providing products and service to over 3,500 retail customers.
Dan stays physically active through yoga classes near his California home. He recalls suffering from aches and pains during his days as a big-league pitcher. Particularly in his legs and knees. "It strengthens everything, and it stretches everything," Boitano told the Fresno Bee in July 2010. "I'm so energized. It's really tough, but it's rewarding."
Danny Boitano signed his card in the set from an autograph sent to his home on January 8, 2009.