Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Mark sent a great note recently about his career pitching in the majors, and coaching in the Frontier League!
He says that growing up, his favorite team was the tigers.
In his MLB debut, he was at Candlestick Park pitching against the Phillies. His first batter faced was Darren Daulton. He swung at the first pitch for an F-8. He recorded his first strike out- Dale Murphy.
He was coaching for the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League, but he has moved on to the Brewers organization. He says that he is glad that he had the opportunity with Washington.
He says that he has read several books on baseball. A couple that he has really enjoyed over the last couple of years include "Sixty Feet, Six Inches" with Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson and he also like "Moneyball."
Mark mentions playing and coaching some in the area. He played in Kentucky in the NABF finals on a couple of occasions. These are held each year in Louisville and he played with the Detroit team Jet Box.
He has fond memories of playing across the river in Cincinnati. He pitched at Riverfront a number of times. He mentions a specific time in Cincy when some friends and family got to see him pitch for the first time. He says he was a bit too pumped for the game and was throwing fast. He walked the pitched with 2 on and 2 outs to load the bases for Barry Larkin! Luckily for Mark, Barry flew out to center to end the inning!