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 manager / coach (manager unless noted)
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.
Parent's best offensive season would come in 1995 when he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded back to the Chicago Cubs. During this season he played in 81 Games, and had 265 At Bats, 62 Hits, 30 Runs, 11 Doubles, 18 Home Runs, 38 RBI, while Hitting .234 and Slugging .479.
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.
Managerial and Coaching career
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.
On October 2nd, 2015, the Chicago White Sox relieved Parent of his duties.
- White Sox name Jeff Manto, Joe McEwing and Mark Parent to Major League Coaching Staff