Mark Bruce Salas (born March 8, 1961 in Montebello, California) is a former professional catcher who played in Major League Baseball from 1984-1991. Salas, who is of Mexican descent, currently works for the Chicago White Sox as a bullpen catcher.
Despite playing for the Minnesota Twins before being traded to the New York Yankees during the 1987 season, Salas never received a World Series ring for the 1987 World Series. Instead, he was given a watch.
Salas is one of a few major leaguers whose surname is a palindrome; the others being catcher Truck Hannah (1918-1920), third baseman Eddie Kazak (1948-1952), infielder Toby Harrah (1969-1986), pitcher Dave Otto (1987-1994), first baseman Dick Nen (1963-1970), his son, reliever Robb Nen (1993-2002), pitcher Juan Salas (2006-present), and pitcher Marino Salas (2008-present). Mark, Juan and Marino Salas are not related.
- ^ Orlando Sentinel, "TUESDAY'S NOTEBOOK"(Jun 5, 1985, Sports Section, Page D3); "..and rookie catcher Mark Salas, who is of Mexican descent, the Twins' minority percentage is 12 percent."