Mark Parent (baseball)
September 16, 1961 |
|September 20, 1986, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 1, 1998, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
As a player
As a coach
Mark Alan Parent (born September 16, 1961 in Ashland, Oregon) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1986 to 1998 and was the bench coach for the Chicago White Sox from 2012 to 2015.
Minor league career
After graduating from Anderson High School in Anderson, California, he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 4th round (92nd overall) of the 1979 MLB Draft and played in the minor leagues, starting with the Northwest League's Walla Walla Padres, for eight years before being sent to the Padres.
Major league career
On September 15, 1996 Parent's home run off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Todd Van Poppel was the Orioles' 241st of the year, surpassing the record of 240, set by the 1961 New York Yankees. Parent would make his first and only playoff appearance with the Orioles in 1996, who made it all the way to the American League Championship Series.
In 13 seasons he played in 474 Games and had 1,303 At Bats, 112 Runs, 279 Hits, 50 Doubles, 53 Home Runs, 168 RBI, 3 Stolen Bases, 98 Walks, .214 Batting Average, .268 On-base percentage, .375 Slugging Percentage, 488 Total Bases, 12 Sacrifice Hits, 13 Sacrifice Flies and 8 Intentional Walks.
In 2005, Parent was named the first-ever manager of the newly minted Golden Baseball League's Chico Outlaws and took his team to the league championship in 2007. After the team won the title, he retired from professional baseball.
On October 31, 2011, the Chicago White Sox named Parent bench coach under manager Robin Ventura.
On August 25, 2013 Parent was ejected from the Rangers-White Sox game during the pregame line up exchanges at home plate. The reason is still yet unknown.
Parent was relieved of his duties on October 2nd, 2015.
Parent’s son Nick was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from California State University Monterey Bay.