Dan Reichert Biography

dan reichertClaim to Fame: Major League Baseball Player
DOB: July 12, 1976
Diabetes Type: 1

Quote: "I was kind of worried about [being diagnosed with diabetes]. My mom jumped on the Internet to find out more about the disease, and I found out a lot of [other athletes] have it. I'm an easy-going kind of guy, so I said, 'I'm not going to let this beat me; I'll beat it.' It's just a bump in the road for me and I try to keep a positive attitude about it."

Daniel Reichert was born on July 12, 1976 in Monterey, California. After attending Turlock High School, Reichert was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1994; however, he chose not to sign with the Cardinals. Instead, he attended the University of the Pacific where he became a standout on the baseball team.

In 1997, Reichert was declared the Big West Conference All-Star Starting Pitcher, Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year, and First Team College All-American Starting Pitcher. Following these prestigious awards, the Kansas City Royals drafted him in the first round picks.

Reichert was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1998. However, the diagnosis did not prevent him from entering the Major League. He made his career debut with the Royals on July 16, 1999. Additionally, in 1999, he was named a Triple-A All-Star Starting Pitcher.

On September 25, 2003, Reichert played his final Major League game with the Toronto Blue Jays. Since then, he has played for the Minor League and the independent Atlantic League. In 2010, he was named Atlantic League All Star Right-Handed Pitcher and Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year after beating the league record for number of wins during one season. He also carries the Atlantic League record for most strikeouts and most innings pitched.

As of 2010, Reichert’s combined career record for Major and Minor League Baseball was 108-89. He has played in 425 games, 225 of which he has started.

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Last Modified Date: November 27, 2012

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by Brenda Bell
Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...
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