Thursday, October 8, 2009
I happily traded for this card with SCN user 2000rad. Mark doesn't have any Orioles cards* and doesn't sign TTM, so I was happy to be able to pick up any autograph of his.
He played mostly as a backup utility infielder over his 11 year MLB career. The Orioles selected him off of waivers from the Reds on 4/26/2000 and he played the remainder of the '00 season with the O's. During that time, he mostly played third & second base but also logged a few games at shortstop and DH. He appeared in 71 games with the Birds and got 163 ABs, hitting .270 over that time with 17 doubles and 21 RBI all while amassing one of the highest OPS% of his career. The Orioles granted Mark free agency after the season and he appeared in only 6 games in 2001 with the Indians before retiring.
While playing with the Reds in the 1995 NLDS against the Dodgers, Mark hit the only pinch-hit grand slam in MLB postseason history. So that's pretty much how he will be remembered in the record books.
*Unfortunately, it turns out that was pictured as an Oriole in the 2001 Pacific set, so I need an upgrade.