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Mark Salas #59

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Full Name:
Mark Salas
Uniform #:
59

COACHING HIGHLIGHTS: Begins the ninth season of his second stint as the White Sox bullpen catcher...Also held the position for five seasons from 1995-99...Worked as a scout for the White Sox in 2000-01, covering Southern California...Served as a hitting coach at three levels in the White Sox Minor League system from 1992-94...Operated a batting cage business from 2002-05.

PLAYING CAREER: Hit .247 (319-1,292) with 38 home runs and 143 RBIs in 509 games over eight Major League seasons with St. Louis (1984), Minnesota (1985-87), the Yankees (1987), White Sox (1988), Cleveland (1989) and Detroit (1990-91)...Doubled in his first Major League at-bat with the Cardinals on 6/9/84 at Montreal...Was named the Topps All-Rookie catcher in 1985 after hitting .300 with nine homers and 41 RBIs with the Twins...Was traded to the Yankees for Joe Niekro on 7/6/87...Was traded by the Yankees with Dan Pasqua and Steve Rosenberg to the White Sox on 11/13/87 in return for Richard Dotson and Scott Nielsen.

MISCELLANEOUS/PERSONAL: Married Rose...Has four children: Mark, Ashley, Nicole and Rico...Graduated in 1979 from Nogales High School in La Puente, Calif., where he was an All-America linebacker in football...His brother, Bobby, was a pitcher in the Oakland A's organization...Is one of five players in Major League history with a palindrome as his last name.

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