Found March 03, 2013 on Taking Bad Schotz:
Over his fifteen year MLB career, Mark Grudzielanek played for six teams and served as a true veteran shortstop. Grudzielanek was just about everything you could ask for in your above average shortstop, hitting an average of .289 and playing solid defense. Expectations were high when Grudzielanek made his first all-star appearance in just his second season (with the Montreal Expos), but unfortunately that was also his last. via marinerds.blogspot However, it should be noted that in 2003 Grudzielanek finished 27th in the National League MVP voting, ranking ahead of players like Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis, Bobby Abreu and Derek Lee (thank you Baseball Reference for having this completely unnecessary fact). But, Mark was far more than just a baseball player. In high school he an all-state basketball selection in Texas as well as a regional Skee-Ball champion in 1987. I wasn’t personally there, but I imagine it went down something like this: The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later. Some other highlights in Grudzielanek’s career include leading the NL in at-bats in 1997, hitting for the cycle in 2005, and winning the AL Gold Glove in 2006. So is Mark Grudzielanek a first ballot hall-of-famer? No, probably not. Will he be remembered as one of the best second basemen of the 90s? I don’t really see that happening. But will Expos, Dodgers, Cubs, Cardinals, Royals and Indians fans always remember him as that second basemen with the crazy last name that was kind of good? Definitely. And that is exactly why he is the Random Athlete of the Day. -Langer
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

MLB Rumor: Daisuke Matsuzaka unlikely to make Indians roster

This shouldn’t be too surprising to folks keeping up-to-date with all the latest Spring Training news, but it is worth emphasizing again: odds are that free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka won’t make the Indians’ final 25-man roster. Matsuzaka, 32, has battled several injuries in the last few years. He notably had Tommy John surgery in June 2011, which kept him out of MLB action for...

Tribe Happenings: Working around Carrasco’s suspension

Tony returns from his vacation with another edition of the Happenings to check in on how things are going for the Indians in spring training. He talks about the Carlos Carrasco suspension and how the Indians may work around it, the injuries that are starting to pile up, takes a closer look at Corey Kluber and what value he truly brings to the team, updates us on how Rule 5 picks...

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #16 OF Anthony Santander

The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Anthony Gallas. If not for the amazing season that Dorssys Paulino had in the Arizona League last year, then Santander would have probably received a lot more attention for the great pro debut he had himself. Tony provides lots of insight into what his upside is, what his strengths and weaknesses are...

Indians’ Chris Perez out 3-4 weeks with strained shoulder

The Cleveland Indians have announced that closer Chris Perez has suffered a right shoulder strain, an injury that is expected to sideline him for the next three to four weeks. Chris Perez has a strain of the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder.Won't throw for the next 7-10 days & will not pitch in the WBC — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) March 1, 2013 ...

Indians Outfield Defense: How Improved Will It Be?

I’m going to be honest with you: I have my misgivings about advanced defensive metrics—especially those that are publicly available to schmoes like you and me.  1   It’s not that I think the methodology behind these stats is flawed or that the approach itself is a silly one—it’s just that all these metrics seem a bit too reliant on two somewhat flimsy inputs. First...

Carrasco goes 3 innings after being hit in head

Carlos Carrasco pitched three innings after being hit in the side of the head by a comebacker in the first, Mark Reynolds and Nick Swisher each homered to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 13-5 Monday. Carrasco was hit on the side of the head by Darnell McDonald's line drive. Carrasco went down on his knees and was tended to by trainers but stayed in the game...

2013 Cleveland Indians Team Preview

                        So I was trying to start this preview off by harkening back to the last glory days of Cleveland in the mid 90′s so I searched for “Indians team picture 1997″, and this was one of the top results with no team picture in sight. I guess it is pretty fitting seeing as how this is a preview of a Cleveland sports team.  Well the Indians never...

2013 Spring Training Game #9: Indians 9, White Sox 7

Though the pitching wasn’t pretty, the Indians salvaged a 9-7 victory in the late innings on Friday against the White Sox. Justin Masterson struggled, but a cast of non-regulars were the difference as Cord Phelps, Matt Carson, and Mike McDade had good games to lead the Indians to victory.

Closer Look

Chris Perez has been shut down for 3-4 weeks. The Indians are saying it's due to a shoulder strain. Seems pretty coincidental that Chris Perez rocks a mullet and there's a guy with a "business on top, party in the back" haircut on The Amazing Race this season. I'm calling BS. "Yeah, what's up?" Sorry, didn't mean to actually call BS. ...

Indians 13, Cubs 5

Carlos Carrasco pitched three innings after being hit in the side of the head by a comebacker in the first, Mark Reynolds and Nick Swisher each homered to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 13-5 Monday. Carrasco was hit on the side of the head by Darnell McDonald's line drive. Carrasco went down on his knees and was tended to by trainers but stayed in the game...

Promising Prospects: Trevor Bauer, Jorge Soler, and Austin Brice

Follow @DSchmelzerTSB on Twitter In this edition of Promising Prospects, I will showcase three guys who all have elite potential. Each have taken different roads to get where they are, but they all have the same goal, get to the majors. Trevor Bauer P, CLE Age: 22Bats: RThrows: R6’1, 185Highest Level: MLBMLB ETA: 2013 Nobody has ever doubted the talent of Cleveland Indians’...

Kazmir impresses again, blanks White Sox

The comeback continues and for the second time this spring Scott Kazmir has held his opponent scoreless.  It’s a long-shot that Kazmir could make the starting rotation but there is also nothing that says he can’t.  Against the Chicago White Sox Friday, Kazmir went two innings struck out three and gave up one hit and for the second time did not walk anyone. That, in my eyes...

2013 Outfield Preview

The 2013 Cleveland Indians outfield will be the most different part of the team when compared to 2012. Shin-Soo Choo, who has been the starting right fielder since 2008 has been traded to Cincinnati, making Asdrubal Cabrera the longest tenured starter on the Indians (at shortstop since 2009). The left fielder will also be new as the three main left fielders from 2012 (Johnny Damon...
Indians News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.