2012 Hall of Fame Inductee: Dan Haren
Oct. 9, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 21, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Tickets are available ($60 per person, includes dinner) and can be purchased by contacting Jamil Macias at 310-506-4935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Dan Haren's turn:
Dan Haren - an All-American at Pepperdine and a three-time All-Star in the major leagues - is one of the most decorated baseball players the University has ever produced.
Haren came to Pepperdine after a standout prep career at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif. He made his mark immediately, earning Freshman All-American honors in 1999 from both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He was also the West Coast Conference's Freshman of the Year and an All-WCC honorable mention selection as he went 10-3 with a 3.08 earned run average.
Haren had another strong year in 2000 as a sophomore, posting an 8-5 record with a 3.08 ERA, leading to All-WCC first team honors.
His final season was his best yet, as he earned 2001 All-American second team notice from Baseball America and third team from Collegiate Baseball. In addition to being a top pitcher, Haren excelled as a designated hitter and was rewarded with WCC Player of the Year honors. He went 11-3 with a 2.22 ERA on the mound and batted .308 with five home runs and 47 runs batted in.
Pepperdine went a combined 124-57 in Haren's tenure, and the Waves won the 2001 WCC title. They advanced to NCAA Regional play in both 1999 and 2001. Haren's last-ever start was a 4-0 shutout victory over Fresno State in the opening game of an NCAA Regional hosted by USC.
Haren's three outstanding seasons have left him prominently featured in Pepperdine's record book. On the all-time lists, he still ranks third in strikeouts (277), third in innings pitched (354.2) and fourth in victories (29).
After his junior year, Haren was selected in the second round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft (72nd overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals, and he broke into the majors two years later in June 2003. Haren tossed 4 2/3 innings without allowing a run against the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series. He's also pitched for the Oakland Athletics, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in his 10-year career.
He was named to the American League's All-Star Team in 2007, his final season with the A's. He was given the honor of starting the game, and he pitched the first two innings in what would eventually be a 5-4 AL victory.
Haren was traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason, and he made two more All-Star appearances in 2008 and 2009 (throwing two innings of scoreless relief in the former and one in the latter). He was brought home to Southern California in July 2010 when he was traded to the Angels.
One of Haren's best-known traits is his exceptional control. At Pepperdine, he ranks second all-time with a figure of 1.98 walks allowed per nine innings. According to baseball-reference.com, Haren's major league strikeout-to-walk ratio is 3.98 to 1, a figure that ranks second among all active players and fifth all-time.
He and his wife Jessica have two children, Rhett and Ella.