|A Mirabelli baseball card|
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Mirabelli spent twelve seasons in the Majors, spending time with the San Francisco Giants; Texas Rangers; Boston Red Sox; and San Diego Padres. His two tenures with the Red Sox earned him World Series championship rings in 2004 and 2007.
Best known and remembered as defensively excellent, Mirabelli posted a career .231 batting average offensively, with fifty-eight home runs and 206 RBI in more than 1,400 at-bats.
The baseball-to-softball transition is nothing new to the game or even the Gators' program; head coach Tim Walton began his career as a baseball player and coach, including two years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization as the former. Rarely, though, has the sport of softball "won over" from the baseball world a name as well-known as that of Mirabelli.
Mirabelli is sure to be charged with tutoring the Gator catchers, a group that is led by postseason standout & senior leader Aubree Munro. Behind Munro, though, the UF catching corps is young and inexperienced, giving Mirabelli a work-in-progress project from day one.
Mirabelli's only coaching experience prior to joining the Gators was as a high school baseball coach and travel softball head coach, a position he held for six years. He also spent two years as a scout for the Chicago Cubs.
The Gators' coaching roster continues to make headlines this off-season, as Mirabelli is the second new member of the team's softball staff, joining second assistant and former Texas A&M playing great Sharonda McDonald.