Rob Dibble

Rob Dibble

Rob Dibble
Born: (1964-01-24) January 24, 1964
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 29, 1988 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1995 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 27–25
Earned run average 2.98
Strikeouts 645
Saves 89
Career highlights and awards

Robert Keith Dibble (born January 24, 1964) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher and television analyst.


  • Personal life 1
  • Baseball career 2
    • Cincinnati Reds 2.1
      • Temper 2.1.1
    • Later career 2.2
    • Coaching 2.3
  • Broadcasting career 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Personal life

Dibble was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He attended catholic St. Thomas Jr. High school. He is a graduate of Southington High School in Southington, Connecticut. Dibble's father, Walt Dibble, was a longtime radio news director at WDRC and later WTIC in Hartford, Connecticut.

Baseball career

Cincinnati Reds

Dibble was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 1983 amateur draft, and he made his debut with the Reds on June 29, 1988.

On June 4, 1989, Dibble struck out three batters on nine pitches in the eighth inning of a 5–3 win over the San Diego Padres. Dibble is one of 41 pitchers in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning, a feat known as an immaculate inning.

He was an MLB All-Star in 1990 and 1991, and was the 1990 NLCS Most Valuable Player (along with fellow "Nasty Boy" Randy Myers). In 1990, Dibble and the Reds won the World Series by beating the Oakland Athletics in four consecutive games.

Dibble recorded his 500th career strikeout in fewer innings—368—than any other pitcher in modern baseball history.


During his career Dibble was known for his temper. During a game in July 1989 he hit Mets second basemen Tim Teufel in the back with a pitch, Teufel then charged Dibble causing a benches clearing brawl. After a game in April 1991, he threw a baseball 400 feet into the center-field bleachers seats at Cincinnati, inadvertently striking a woman.[1][2][3] He was also involved in a brawl in 1991 with Astros shortstop Eric Yelding.[2][4] Later in the 1991 season, he was caught attempting to throw a baseball into the back of Cubs outfielder Doug Dascenzo as he ran down the first base line.[5] Dibble also was involved in a locker room brawl with Reds manager Lou Piniella after a game.[6]

Later career

Dibble required surgery to his pitching arm in 1994, and missed the entire season as a result. Dibble signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and also played with the Chicago White Sox. He signed with the Chicago Cubs at the end of the 1995 season, but did not appear in a game. He signed with the Florida Marlins for the 1996 season, but missed the entire year due to injury,[7] and retired soon after.


He was the varsity baseball head coach at Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California.[8] He was fired from his head coaching job on March 27, 2013, only ten games into the season. [9]

Broadcasting career

Dibble with the Nationals in 2009.

In 1998, Dibble joined ESPN as a baseball analyst, working mostly on Dan Patrick's radio show. He worked on The Best Damn Sports Show Period as a co-host until 2008, when he left to join FOX on their Saturday baseball program as an analyst. Dibble also spends time as a co-host/analyst of First Pitch on XM Channel 175/Sirius channel 210. He formerly hosted The Show (on the same channel) with Jody MacDonald. Dibble served as co-analyst (with Kevin Kennedy) for on a weekly video segment entitled "Around the Bases." Dibble also is a co-host with former Major League player Denny Hocking on Fox Sports Radio Sunday night programming. In 2009, Dibble signed a three-year contract to replace Don Sutton as the color voice of the Washington Nationals on MASN.[10]

While broadcasting a game in August 2010, Dibble drew negative attention for focusing on a group of female spectators in the Nationals crowd, and questioning their focus on the game.[11][12] He later apologized for the comments.[13] Later in the month, Dibble criticized Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg for missing a start due to an injury: "Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow."[13][14] It was revealed shortly afterward that Strasburg had torn an elbow ligament and required Tommy John surgery.[15][16] Dibble took a few days off from MASN after making the comments, and on September 1, 2010, MASN announced that Dibble would no longer be calling Nationals games.[17][18][19] After losing his job with the Nationals, Dibble apologized for the Strasburg comments on his radio show.[20]

In April 2011, Dibble said in an interview on that the reason for his dismissal was because of an email Strasburg's father sent to the Lerner Family, the owners of the Nationals.[21] Dibble also continued to express his belief that Strasburg should have pitched through his pain.[22][23] Strasburg denied the claim about his father's e-mail, and Stan Kasten, the president of the Nationals, called Dibble's account "fictional" and "sad".[23][24] As of October 31, 2011, Dibble became a member of Mike North's talk radio show.

As of December 18, 2013, he, along with Amy Van Dyken, were replaced on Fox Sports Radio's Fox Sports Tonight.

Dibble currently calls Los Angeles Angels games for Compass Media.[25]

On March 27, 2014 Rob Dibble became the host of the 3-7PM (Eastern) sports talk show on WUCS 97.9 FM and WAVZ 1300 AM in the ESPN stations in Hartford and New Haven, CT respectively. He joined interim host Paul Nanos who filled in when Mike Bower’s contract was not renewed. Up until the end of October the show was billed as “The Rob Dibble Show with Paul Nanos”. In October, the show was renamed “The Rob Dibble Show”.[26]

See also


  1. ^ "National League suspends Dibble for 4 games for firing ball into stands".  
  2. ^ a b "A New Suspension for Reds' Dibble".  
  3. ^ Shannon, Mike (1998). Tales from the Dugout: The Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told. McGraw-Hill. p. 60.  
  4. ^ "Dibble, Yielding suspended". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. April 18, 1991. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Vescey, Peter (July 26, 1991). "Sports of The Times; Rob Dibble: The Pitcher Most Likely". New York Times. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Piniella, Dibble Brawl in Clubhouse". Los Angeles Times. September 18, 1992. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  7. ^ MLB News, Videos, Scores, Standings, Stats, Teams, Players – FOX Sports on MSN. Retrieved on 2011-06-09.
  8. ^ "Staff". Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Dibble not so 'nasty'. Washington Times (2009-04-06). Retrieved on 2011-06-09.
  11. ^  
  12. ^ Heyman, Jon (2 September 2010). "Daily Scoop". Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Stephen Strasburg needs 2nd MRI". Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  14. ^  
  15. ^ Shapiro, Leonard (31 August 2010). "Should Rob Dibble be fired for his comments about Stephen Strasburg?".  
  16. ^ Kilgore, Adam. "Rob Dibble no longer broadcasting Nationals games". Nationals Journal – Washington Post Online. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  17. ^ duLac, J. Freedom (2 September 2010). "Washington Nationals fire TV announcer Rob Dibble after his comments about Stephen Strasburg".  
  18. ^ "TV analyst Dibble won't make road trip". Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "Rob Dibble no longer working for Nats". Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  20. ^  
  21. ^ White, Paul (7 April 2011). "Rob Dibble thinks Stephen Strasburg's dad cost him his job".  
  22. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "Rob Dibble still thinks Stephen Strasburg should have "sucked it up".  
  23. ^ a b Kilgore, Adam (8 April 2011). "Stan Kasten: Rob Dibble’s account of his firing ‘fictional’ and ‘sad’". Nationals Journal –  
  24. ^ Short, D.J. "We have a war of words between Stan Kasten and Rob Dibble".  
  25. ^

26. Radio Online March 30,2014

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube