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Daniel Dean Warthen (born December 1, 1952, in Omaha, Nebraskamarker) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher, and now the pitching coach for the New York Mets.

High school years

Warthen attended high school in Omaha, Nebraska and was a High School All-American quarterback/tight end/linebacker in football and also a star in baseball. He turned down scholarship offers from Nebraska, USCmarker, UCLAmarker, Michiganmarker and Northwesternmarker to play professional baseball.

Major League Baseball career

Warthen was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd round of the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft. Warthen would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Montreal Expos on May 18, 1975, pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched four seasons in the major leagues with Montreal, Philadelphia and Houston. He finished his major-league career with a 12 win-21 loss record and a 4.31 E.R.A.

Coaching years

He began his coaching career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981, following that with coaching in the minor league organizations of San Diego and Philadelphia. Warthen was the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers (1999-2002), San Diego Padres (1996-97) and Seattle Mariners (1992), also serving as the Mariners bullpen coach in 1991. He was the pitching coach for the Triple A Norfolk Tides from 2003-2005.

Warthen served as the bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers under manager Grady Little from 2006-2007. On June 17, 2008 Warthen was named the New York Mets pitching coach, replacing Rick Peterson.

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