Dale Plummer

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Dale Warren Plummer

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dale Plummer spent five seasons in AAA but never got to the majors - although he came agonizingly close. He later coached at the college level. He is a nephew of John Cumberland.

Plummer helped the University of Maine make the 1986 College World Series. The New York Mets took him in the 23rd round of the 1988 amateur draft. He made his pro debut with the Little Falls Mets and excelled, going 5-1 with 10 saves, a 1.33 ERA and .84 WHIP. He tied Dale Kisten for third in the New York-Penn League in saves, 3 behind leader Joe Ausanio. Plummer split 1989 between the St. Lucie Mets (1-0, 3 Sv, 5.93, 20 H in 13 2/3 IP) and Jackson Mets (5-0, 2 Sv, 2.03). In 1990, he pitched for Jackson (1-1, 2.00 in 4 G) and the Tidewater Tides (2-2, Sv, 3.25). He would never play below AAA again.

The right-hander was with Tidewater for all of 1991, going 4-3 with 3 saves and a 3.99 ERA in 46 appearances (4 starts) then returned to the club for a repeat engagement in 1992 (4-0, 2 Sv, 3.57). With the 1993 Norfolk Tides, he was 7-3 with 4 saves but a 5.16 ERA and 93 hits in 75 innings. After not pitching in 1994, he signed with the Boston Red Sox. He was 9-9 with a 5.19 ERA for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1995. He got the telephone call to join the major league team but was unavailable as he had just injured his groin so had to pass up the opportunity.

Overall, Dale was 38-19 with 25 saves and a 3.81 ERA in 239 minor league games.

He was a coach at Gardiner Area High School from 1996-2000, then was an assistant at Bowdoin College from 2001-2005. In 2006, he was assistant coach at Colby College, then was promoted to head coach in 2007. In 2010, he was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. He retired as Colby's coach following the 2018 season.