In this edition of Orioles101's Baltimore Orioles Player Profile Series, we highlight the shutdown sidewinder out of the bullpen, Darren O'Day.
Darren Christopher O'Day was born October 22, 1982 in Jacksonville, FL and was a star pitcher for his high school team the Bishop Kenny Crusaders. O'Day had many top tier universities looking to have him pitch for their respective schools, but O'Day chose the University of Florida, home of the Gators. Darren was a great weapon for the Gators throughout his college career, and more specifically during their 2005 College World Series run in Omaha as he made four relief appearances, including a save. In addition to being a stellar pitcher for the University of Florida, he was stellar in the classroom as well, O'Day garnered four consecutive appearances on the SEC Academic honor roll and was an Academic All-America selection his senior year, the true definition of a student athlete.
O'Day was originally signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2006 and he would eventually make his Major League debut with the Angels on March 31, 2008. Later in 2008, the New York Mets would select O'Day in the rule 5 draft, but two weeks into the 2009 season, the Mets designated him for assignment, and the Texas Rangers claimed him off of waivers from the Mets in April of that year.
Darren remained with the Texas organization through the 2011 season, after battling a couple of injuries through his stint there and the Baltimore Orioles claimed him off of waivers in December 2011.
O'Day would prove to be one of the best off-season moves the Orioles made last off-season as he had a stellar 2012 for the Birds with a 2.28 ERA in 67 innings out of the bullpen and compiled a 7-1 record as well. He was also outstanding in the postseason for the O's throwing seven shutout innings over five appearances and allowed just one hit.
Darren and his wife Elizabeth Prann have been married since November, 2010 and she is a southeast correspondant for FOX News, and also a University of Florida alumni. Baltimore fans hope to see O'Day come out of the pen for a long time to come for the Birds due to his fantastic pitching, and the sheer enjoyment of the O'Day…O'Day…O'Day..O'Day O'Day O'Day chant.
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