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Mark Alan Clear (born May 27, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played with the California Angels (1979-80, 1990), Boston Red Sox (1979-85) and Milwaukee Brewers (1986-88). He batted and threw right-handed. May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish Los Ángeles , meaning the angels), also known as L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue. ... For the Pacific Coast League franchise see: Los Angeles Angels (PCL). ... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...


A hard curveballer and almost unhittable reliever with shaky control, Clear was a flexible set-up man, and an occasional closer as well. Twice he struck out 100-plus batters without starting a game, and pitched 100 or more innings in three different seasons. Curveball Pitch Curveball Pitch The curveball is a type of pitch in baseball thrown with a grip and hand motion that induces extra rotation on the ball causing it to break, to fly in a more exaggerated curve than would be expected. ... The word control has a number of different meanings: Often control is directing influence. ... In baseball, a setup pitcher (or set-up pitcher, sometimes called the setup man) is a relief pitcher who regularly pitches before the closer. ... In baseball, a closer is a relief pitcher who specializes in closing games, i. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ...


In 1982 Clear enjoyed his best season, with a career high 14 wins and 109 strikeouts. He added 14 saves with a 3.00 ERA in 105 innings. His 2.20 ERA and 16 saves in 1986 were also career bests. In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ...


In a 11-year career, Clear compiled a 71-49 record with a 3.85 ERA, 83 saves, and 804 strikeouts in 804.1 innings. He was an All-Star selection in both 1979 and 1982. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ...


External links

  • Mark Clear at:
    • Baseball Almanac [1]
    • Baseball Reference [2]

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