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Encyclopedia > Mark Grant

Mark "Mud" Grant (born October 24, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher and is the current color commentator for the San Diego Padres' television broadcasts. October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. ... 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. ... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames Pads, Friars Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ...

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Career

Grant started his major league career with the San Francisco Giants from 1984 through 1987, when he was traded to the San Diego Padres. Grant played for the Padres through 1990 where he was again dealt to the Atlanta Braves for Derek Lilliquist. In the 1992 off-season, he signed with the Seattle Mariners to a one-year deal. In 1993, he signed to the Houston Astros. The same season on May 20, he was sent to the expansion team Colorado Rockies for Braulio Castillo. He was released from the club just two months later, and signed with the California Angels on August 20. In 1994, he took a break from baseball to host a talk radio show for KFMB-AM along with broadcasting Padres games for the station. Grant returned to baseball in 1995 where he pitched for the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate Iowa. He officially retired from baseball after the season. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Derek Lilliquist (born February 20, 1966 in Winter Park, Florida), is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1989-1996. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants... Braulio Castillo (born March 30, 1933) is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, who enjoyed a very successful career as a telenovela actor in Latin America. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos Ballpark Angel Stadium of... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... KFMB is the call sign used for three broadcast stations in the San Diego, California area, all owned by Midwest Television. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Class-Level Triple-A Minor League affiliations Pacific Coast League (1998-Present) American Conference North Division American Association (1969-1997) Major League affiliation Chicago Cubs (1981-Present) Chicago White Sox (1976-1980) Houston Astros (1975) Chicago White Sox (1973-1974) Oakland Athletics (1969-1973) Current uniform Name Iowa Cubs (1982...


Broadcasting

In 1998, Grant joined then-Padres broadcaster Mel Proctor in the San Diego Padres TV broadcast booth for Channel 4 San Diego, and has remained there to this day. His style of color-commentary along with his antics with Matt Vasgersian have been a fan favorite among Padres fans. Vasgersian often sarcastically pans Grant, going far over the head of his dim-witted color partner. Padres fans can often be seen holding signs comparing Corky from Life Goes On to Mark Grant. Mel Proctor is a long-time television sportscaster, working for, among others, the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Clippers at various points in his career. ... Channel 4 San Diego (or 4SD, also known as Channel 4 Padres) is a local origination cable channel based in San Diego, California, and is owned and operated by Cox Communications, through its San Diego-based cable television system. ... Matt Vasgersian (born 1967) is an American sportscaster and television host, known for his versatility and humor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Stupid Catch Phrases

Grant popularized the shillelagh as a rally call in San Diego. Plastic shillelaghs can be purchased at the Padres Store at Petco Park. Grant has also coined such phrases as "Hockey Suit!" and "Shin Burger!" (for a quick comebacker hit to the pitcher), "Shillelagh power," and "F.O.P" (short for "full of Padres," used when the bases were loaded by the Padres). A shillelagh (commonly pronounced (IPA: , in Irish Gaelic, (IPA: É•ale:lÉ™)) is a wooden club or cudgel, typically made from a stout knotty stick with a large knob on the end, that is associated with Ireland in folklore. ... PETCO Park is an open-air stadium in downtown San Diego, California. ...


Mark frequently likes to try predicting and calling out the upcoming pitch... failing more often than not.


Calls baseball gloves guantes. (Gwan-tay)


Inexplicably, and annoyingly frequently, Mark Grant incessantly rambles off names of obscure former baseball players.


Mark is fond of expressing his hope that the Padres will hang a "crooked number" on the board in the next inning.


When a player tries to check his swing but can't, Mark will use his famous line "if he hits it, its a double"


Another famous Grant phrase is "You hangie, We bangie", which characterizes a situation where the opposing pitcher "hangs a curveball" and the batter connects and "bangs" the ball out of the park.


Finally, Mark does a terrible impersonation of legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, especially when visiting Wrigley Field. In addition to spelling players' surnames backward, his Harry Caray act frequently includes the phrase "Hey, check out the sombrero on that guy!" Harry Caray memorialized in a statue near Wrigley Field in Chicago. ... Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium in Chicago that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. ... Sombrero Sombrero means hat in Spanish. ...


Promotional Spots

Mark Grant likes to talk about his great Nissan he just recently got from Mossy Nissan in mid-broadcast.

  • Appears on 4SD for Valley View Casino promoting their buffet
  • Also promotes Murray Lampert Contruction
  • Also promotes Motoworld of El Cajon

Channel 4 San Diego (or 4SD, also known as Channel 4 Padres) is a local origination cable channel based in San Diego, California, and is owned and operated by Cox Communications, through its San Diego-based cable television system. ...

Personal

Grant currently resides in Alpine, CA, with his wife Mary, two sons, and a daughter. In 2007, Mark Grant was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Alpine (of which he is a member) for his contributions to the community. He is also a frequent contributor to sports talk shows on XX Sports Radio in San Diego, as well as the Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw show on 101.5 KGB FM. Grant has publicly stated his appreciation for this page. Alpine is an unincorporated town located in San Diego County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Kiwanis International is a service organization whose mission is Serving the Children of the World. The organization was founded on January 21, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan and is now based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... XEPRS-AM, known as The Mighty XX (formely the The Mighty 1090), is an American-operated sports talk radio station targeting English-speaking listeners in San Diego. ... Boyer, Chainsaw, Shelly, and Dave Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw is a morning show on 101. ...


Sources

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • 4SD::Mark Grant Bio

 
 

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