Darrell Rasner

Darrell Rasner
Rasner pitching for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Born: (1981-01-13) January 13, 1981 (age 41)
Carson City, Nevada
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 6, 2005, for the Washington Nationals
NPB: 2009, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Last appearance
MLB: September 28, 2008, for the New York Yankees
NPB: 2013, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 9–15
Earned run average 5.00
Strikeouts 93
NPB statistics
Win–loss record 14–27
Earned run average 4.17
Strikeouts 288
Career highlights and awards

Darrell Wayne Rasner, Jr. (born January 13, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.


Amateur career

Rasner attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he played college baseball for the Nevada Wolf Pack. He earned Freshman All-American honors in 2000, with a record of 14-2, 3.52 ERA in 18 appearances. When drafted, he held records for most wins (28) and strikeouts (302) by a Nevada pitcher. He was a health ecology major. Rasner was selected by the Montreal Expos with the 5th pick in the second round (46th overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.

Rasner also has a cousin, Jacob Rasner, who played professional baseball. Jacob was drafted in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft and played for the AA Birmingham Barons, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

Professional career

Rasner began his major league career with the Washington Nationals, pitching in a few games late in the 2005 season. He was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees on February 11, 2006.[1]

Rasner recorded his first major league win on September 3, 2006, in a game he started for the Yankees against the Minnesota Twins. Rasner went six innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, two strikeouts and no walks in a 10-1 victory.[2]

On May 19, 2007, in a start against the New York Mets, Rasner was struck on the right hand by a ball hit by Endy Chávez, a former teammate with the Nationals. He fractured his right index finger and did not pitch in the major leagues again that season, though he pitched at several levels of the minor leagues on rehab assignments.[3]

Rasner was not offered a new contract by the Yankees and became a free agent on December 12, 2007, but was re-signed a few days later on December 18 to a minor league deal.[4]

Rasner pitching for the New York Yankees on August 24, 2008.

On May 4, 2008, Rasner was recalled by the Yankees, and made his season debut against the Seattle Mariners. Rasner worked six innings, allowing only two runs and stayed in the Yankee rotation until September, when he was replaced by Alfredo Aceves.[5]

Japanese career

On November 15, 2008, the Yankees sold Rasner to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for $1 million. Rasner signed a two-year deal with the Golden Eagles.[6] He played with the Golden Eagles for five years (2009-2013), the last three as a closer and setup man. He won the Japanese series championship as a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles with former Yankees Andruw Jones, Casey McGehee and future Yankee Masahiro Tanaka who would sign with the New York Yankees in the 2013 offseason. After finishing his playing career, he would become an international scout for the Eagles.[7]


  1. ^ "Yankees claim RHP Rasner from Nationals". ESPN. Associated Press. February 11, 2006. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  2. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 3, 2006). "Rasner, A-Rod overpower Twins". New York Yankees. MLB.com. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "Wright wallops 2 homers, Mets again flatten fading Yanks". ESPN. May 19, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "Rasner signs!". Pinstripe Alley. December 18, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  5. ^ Abraham, Peter (September 5, 2008). "Game 141: Yankees at Mariners". The LoHud Yankees Blog. Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
  6. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (November 15, 2008). "Yankees sell rights to pitcher Rasner for $1 million to team in Japan". ESPN. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  7. ^ 楽天イーグルス [@Rakuten__Eagles] (March 5, 2015). "【ANSWER】Ex-Eagles' RHP, Darrell Rasner! He is now our international scout. Welcome back!! #rakuteneagles #mlb #mlbjp" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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