Douglas Keith Brocail (born May 16, 1967) is a former American Major League Baseball pitcher. He is currently the pitching coach for the Houston Astros.
Playing career 
High school years 
Brocail attended Lamar High School in Lamar, Colorado where he won All-State honors in football, basketball, and baseball.
Major league career 
Doug was the first round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 1986, but didn't make his major league debut until 1992 because of injuries sustained in the minors. Initially a starter, Brocail went 4-13 in his first full season (1993) before being converted to relief. More arm problems kept Brocail out of the big leagues for nearly four years (2000–04).
Coaching career 
After the Houston Astros fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg on June 14, 2011, Brocail was named the interim pitching coach.
Doug and his wife, Lisa Brocail, have five daughters, Taylor, McKinzie, Madisyne, Camdyn, and Parker Elisabeth. The family lives in Missouri City, Texas.
On September 13, 2004, Brocail was involved in an ugly incident at the McAfee Coliseum, when his Texas Rangers were playing the Oakland Athletics. His rookie teammate Frank Francisco, angry at a fan for heckling Brocail, hoisted a folded chair into the stands, striking a female fan and breaking her nose.  Brocail would later pitch 1/3 of an inning.
Brocail underwent angioplasty on March 11, 2006. He had complained of chest tightness that radiated into both arms. He already was being treated for an abscessed tooth and asthma. He only returned to the active roster on July 14.
Doug is a strong supporter of military members and their families. He is an active member of Veteran Outdoors, and you can often see him on their TV show which airs on the Sportsman Channel every Monday evening at 8:30 Eastern. Veteran Outdoors is a non-profit organization that surprises wounded veterans with their dream hunting and fishing adventures. Veteran Outdoors
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The Crawfish Boxes
Mon, 13 May 2013 06:06:55 -0700
Astros pitching continued to struggle while the offense attempted to make the Astros look competitive. Share on Facebook · Tweet post · 33 Comments. During the game yesterday I sent a text to David saying I was done with the Astros pitching coach ...
Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Tue, 21 May 2013 08:38:09 -0700
... their lineup, which included at times in the late 1990s and early 2000s: Craig Biggio, Derek Bell, Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Sean Berry, Carlos Beltran, Chris Burke, Eric Bruntlett, Michael Bourn, Geoff Blum, Tim Bogar, Doug Brocail and Brandon ...
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Sun, 19 May 2013 18:11:38 -0700
Harrell cited the work of pitching coach Doug Brocail, who observed Harrell wasn't removing his hand from his glove pre-delivery as quickly as he did in the 2012 season. Brocail also pushed Harrell to improve his fastball command on both corners of the ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 17:34:29 -0700
Doug Brocail is the only one of Tejada's former teammates with the Astros still in uniform -- and he's the pitching coach. Astros manager Bo Porter and Tejada were teammates in Oakland. "My family will decide [when I should retire]," Tejada said. "They ...
Climbing Tal's Hill
Tue, 21 May 2013 08:40:13 -0700
Between starts, Harrell worked with pitching coach Doug Brocail to correct some mechanical issues, and it showed. I give Harrell a lot of credit for rebounding in the way he did after a poor outing. He was frustrated after the start and lashed out a ...
Sun, 19 May 2013 19:06:31 -0700
Harrell primarily cited the work of pitching coach Doug Brocail, who observed Harrell wasn't removing his hands from his glove pre-delivery as quickly as he did during the 2012 season. Brocail also pushed Harrell to improve his fastball ...
The Union Leader
Sun, 19 May 2013 15:50:12 -0700
He credited side work with pitching coach Doug Brocail for the turnaround. "Today felt like the first game this season that I dominated both sides of the plate with my sinker," Harrell said. However, Alvarez hit a sinker for the decisive home run. "It ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Thu, 16 May 2013 11:31:45 -0700
Among other pitchers to make it back after repeat-transplant surgery are Doug Brocail, who pitched six seasons after a second operation at age 35, Al Reyes, who pitched two seasons with Tampa after a second operation at age 34, and Jason Isringhausen, ...
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