January 3, 1964 |
Grand Rapids, Michigan
|August 24, 1990, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1996, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Earned run average||3.65|
Mark Alan Dewey (born January 3, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball player. He is currently a pitching coach for the Brevard County Manatees, located in Viera, Florida. The Manatees are the Class A-Advanced (High-A) Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. His prior coaching experience was with the Washington Wild Things, an independent professional baseball team in the Frontier League, and at Emory & Henry College in southwestern Virginia.[not in citation given] Born in Grand Rapids, Dewey played for the Grand Valley State University Lakers. In 1987, he struck out 87 batters in 97.2 innings. He was a 6'0" right-handed relief pitcher who played six season in the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants (1990, 1995–96), New York Mets (1992), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1993–94). On June 2, 1987, Dewey was drafted by the Giants in the 23rd round of the 1987 amateur draft. He appeared in 205 major league games and had a lifetime record of 12–7 (.632 winning percentage) with 168 strikeouts, 70 games finished and 8 saves. His lifetime earned run average was 3.65 for an Adjusted ERA+ of 110. His best season was 1993 when he had 7 saves for the Pirates in 21 games and maintained an impressive 2.36 ERA for an Adjusted ERA+ of 171. In his final season, Dewey appeared in 78 games for the Giants—3rd most in the National League. Dewey earned $225,000 in his final season in the big leagues. In 1995, Dewey was inducted into the Grand Valley State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dewey was involved in a notable controversy on July 28, 1996, when he refused to participate with his teammates in a pregame ceremony intended to support research of a cure for AIDS. As part of "Until There's A Cure Day", members of the Giants wore AIDS awareness ribbons on their uniforms and stood in a group shaped like that symbol during speeches by Peter Magowan and Willie Brown. Dewey refused to take the field for the ceremony, and he wore his ribbon sideways (which would have resembled the Jesus fish symbol). He cited religious reasons for his refusal, voicing the belief that homosexuality is a sin.
On November 3, 1948, the Chicago Daily Tribune reported that Dewey defeated Harry Truman in the 1948 presidential election. This was incorrect, however, as Harry Truman would become the President of the United States.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)