2011 Hall of Fame Inductee: Mike Fetters
Fetters rewrote most of the Pepperdine records book in his three seasons, setting school career marks for wins (33), innings pitched (361.2) and strikeouts (292).
Oct. 4, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up this Sunday, October 9, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Mike Fetters' turn:
Two Pepperdine alums have enjoyed 16-year Major League Baseball careers, longer than any other products of the Waves' baseball program. One of them, Mike Fetters, was a 1986 All-American who still holds several of the program's pitching records.
Fetters, who was born in nearby Van Nuys but grew up in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, was an all-state performer at Iolani High School. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 22nd round of the 1983 MLB Draft but postponed his professional career in order to attend Pepperdine.
In Malibu, the right-handed Fetters rewrote most of the Pepperdine records book in his three seasons, setting school career marks for wins (33), innings pitched (361.2), strikeouts (292), appearances (77), games started (49) and strikeouts (292) and single-season bests for innings pitched (147.2), strikeouts (158), appearances (28) and complete games (12). Some of those are still records to this day.
Fetters was named to Baseball America's All-American second team in 1986 and was also the WCC co-Pitcher of the Year and an All-District 8 selection. He posted win-loss records of 10-2 as a freshman, 10-4 as a sophomore and 13-7 as a junior. He earned the name "Pac Man" after beating USC, UCLA and Arizona State during his rookie year and was selected to Baseball America's All-Freshman team.
Pepperdine went 131-57-3 overall and either won or shared the WCC title all three years Fetters was in uniform. He helped the Waves advance to NCAA Regional play in both 1985 and 1986, and he was named to the all-tournament team at the 1985 NCAA West Regional after pitching a three-hitter to beat Stanford, 5-1.
Fetters became the first Pepperdine product to play for the USA Baseball National Team, as he took part with a U.S. all-star team that traveled to Canada and the Far East during the summer of 1985 and a squad that competed at the America's Cup in Venezuela in October 1985.
Following his junior season, Fetters was drafted by the Angels in the first round (27th overall) of the 1986 MLB Draft. After transitioning into a relief pitcher, he would go on to pitch for eight teams during a 16-year career, making 620 career appearances for the Angels, Brewers, Athletics, Orioles, Dodgers, Pirates, Diamondbacks and Twins. He went 31-41 with a 3.86 earned-run average and converted 100 saves.
His best season may have come in 1996, when he recorded 32 saves for the Brewers, which was the fifth-most in the American League that year. He made the postseason in 2002 with Arizona after the Diamondbacks won the N.L. West., and was part of a Twins team that won the 2003 A.L. Central, though Fetters didn't pitch much that season due to injury.
Fetters, who was named to the WCC/Rawlings' 40th Anniversary Team in 2007, is now a special assistant to the general manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He lives in Chandler, Ariz., with his wife Tanya. They have four children: Bryant, Micah, Tyana and Breanna.