Shane Mack (baseball)
December 7, 1963 |
Los Angeles, California
|May 25, 1987, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 30, 1998, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Runs batted in||398|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Representing the United States|
|1984 Los Angeles||Team|
Mack played for Richard Gahr High School in Cerritos, California from 1978-1982. Upon graduation, he accepted an athletic scholarship to play for the UCLA Bruins baseball team where he starred from 1982-1984. His career college statistics include a .361 batting average, 29 home runs, 142 runs batted in, 158 runs scored and 44 stolen bases. Mack was the runner-up for the Pac-10 Conference Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1983. His .419 batting average that year was the seventh best all-time in the Pac-10. Mack was selected to the All-Pac-10 and All-American College Baseball Teams in 1983 and 1984.
Mack was the 11th player selected in the 1st round of the major league draft in 1984. Following college, he played on the U.S. Olympic baseball team which won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Subsequently, he played nine professional major league seasons. His career statistics include a .299 lifetime batting average, 80 home runs, and 398 RBIs in 923 games. Mack started his career with the San Diego Padres. In 1990, he was selected in the rule 5 draft by the Minnesota Twins where he starred from 1990-1994. Notably, he was a key component of the Twins' 1991 World Series championship team. In 1992 Mack had his best year, hitting .315 (fifth in the American League), scoring 101 runs (seventh in the AL), stealing 26 bases, driving in 75 runs, and hitting 16 home runs.
After playing in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants in 1995 & 1996, he returned to the United States to play ball for the Boston Red Sox in the 1997 season. He then played for the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals in 1998 before retiring.
Mack was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on October 10, 2002.
On March 6, 2006, having been informed of the condition of former teammate Kirby Puckett, who had gone blind a few years before and suffered a massive stroke the previous day, Mack flew to Arizona to be with him along with a number of other current and former Twins; Puckett died later that day.
His brother is former major league outfielder Quinn Mack.