Less than seven weeks!
With bench coach Pat Murphy occupying jersey #49, we jump over yesterday and arrive at the owner of #48 in Spring Training…
The professional path that Patrick Theodore Joseph Misch arrived as a non-roster invitee to Brewers big league camp at Maryvale is a long one. After all, he’s had a 13-year career as a pro ballplayer.
Let’s start at the end though. Misch started Game 7 for the Lamingo Monkeys in the Taiwan Series which is the championship of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. The Monkeys won 11-0 but the real story was the pitching of Misch as he threw a no-hitter. The only thing between Misch and a perfect game was a 5th inning walk. It was the first ever no-hitter in the Taiwan Series.
That amazing moment in Misch’s career came after a lengthy journey throughout Major League Baseball. Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2003, Misch would spend parts of seven seasons in the Giants system including parts of four years in the Giants uniform.
Misch was waived in 2009 after posting a 10.80 ERA in four appearances that season which finished his Giants career with a Major League stat line including a 5.20 ERA in 97.0 innings pitched across 38 games. He started in 11 of his appearances for San Francisco.
After being claimed by the New York Mets, Misch joined the big league club and pitched to a 4.12 ERA in 59 games. Two more seasons in the Mets organizations begat a season each with the Triple-A affiliates of Philadelphia and Detroit.
Then, Misch kept the dream alive with some Independent League & Winter ball before securing a 2015 contract with the Marlins. He went to Triple-A again, pitching to a 3.25 ERA in 16 games (11 starts).
Misch would not finish the season with Miami as he was released in early July and, after playing a week with the Independent League Lancaster Barnstormers, found himself on his way to Asia which connects the ends of the path.
He comes to the Brewers on a standard minor-league deal that comes with an invitation to big league camp. He’s a southpaw, something the Brewers only have one of on the 40-man roster, but the season likely will begin at Miller Park without Misch on the 25-man roster.
That doesn’t change the fact that, at 34 years old Pat Misch pitched his way into the history books. I’m sure he’d like the opportunity to see if he can handle MLB hitters again.
And given the state of the Brewers roster, this is as good a spot as any to continue keeping that dream alive.
UPDATE: Pat Misch requested his release to pursue an opportunity to pitch with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan. The request was granted and he is no longer coming to Brewers camp.
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