Michael Curtis Darr
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Mike Darr, a promising outfielder for the San Diego Padres, died Feb. 15, 2002 as the result of an automobile accident.
He played in 105 games for the Padres in 2001 -- including 73 starts -- hitting .277 with 2 home runs and 34 RBI. His season ended on August 31 when he injured his elbow throwing out Arizona's Danny Bautista at the plate.
Padres General Manager Kevin Towers spoke about Darr the day of his accident.
"The first thing people thought about Mike Darr was tattoos. He had his whole body painted. But he was a baseball player," Towers said in a press conference. "He loved the game. He loved to play the game. Every time he went out there, he gave you 110 percent and we saw moments at the end of last year that his power was starting to come. He could play all three outfield positions. He had a tremendous arm and hit over .300 against lefties."
In 2000, he shared Padres Minor League Player of the Year honors with Jeremy Owens. He had won the same honor in 1999. Baseball America had labeled Darr as the best outfield arm in the organization. He appeared with the Padres in 2 stints for a total of 58 games and hit .344 for AAA Las Vegas.
His debut with the Padres came during the 1999 season when he appeared in 24 games with the big league club. It was also his first season in AAA and he hit .298 with 10 home runs, 62 RBI and 10 stolen bases for Las Vegas.
Darr was originally in the Tigers organization but came to the Padres organization in 1997 along with pitcher Matt Skrmetta in a trade involving Jody Reed.
He appeared in 188 games in his career, with 542 at-bats. He hit .273 with 5 home runs, 67 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Darr's father pitched in one inning for the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977. Darr leaves behind a wife and two sons.