Mark Ellis (baseball)
Ellis in April 2013
|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 14|
June 6, 1977 |
Rapid City, South Dakota
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 9, 2002 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through April 15, 2013)
|Runs batted in||492|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mark William Ellis (born June 6, 1977) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies of MLB.
Ellis was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. Ellis graduated from Stevens High School in Rapid City in 1995, and is one of three players to have made it to the major leagues who played for the Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball program in Rapid City. As a 16-year-old, Ellis was the starting shortstop for the 1993 Rapid City Post 22 varsity "Hardhat" baseball team which had a 70–5 record and won the national title in Roseburg, Oregon. In the back-to-back years (1994 & 1995), he earned South Dakota American Legion Player of the Year honors. He went on to play for the University of Florida Gators baseball program and was the MVP of the Gainesville regional at the 1998 College World Series. Although he has played his Major League career at second base, he was the starting third baseman at Florida, where that position was named "Ellis Island", due to Ellis' tremendous range and all-around fielding prowess.
Ellis was a ninth-round selection by the Kansas City Royals in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He played with the Royals farm system in 1999 and 2000, where he was a Short-Season A All-Star in 1999 and a Carolina League All-Star in 2000.
On January 1, 2001, he was acquired by the Oakland Athletics along with outfielder Johnny Damon and pitcher Cory Lidle in a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Royals for outfielder Ben Grieve, shortstop Ángel Berroa, and catcher A. J. Hinch. In 2001, with the AAA Sacramento River Cats, he hit .273 in 132 games with 10 home runs.
Major league career
Ellis made his major-league debut on April 9, 2002 for the Athletics against the Texas Rangers, pinch running in the eighth inning for Jeremy Giambi. He remained in the game and ground out to short in the 10th inning. He recorded his first base hit, in his first Major League start, on April 18 against the Anaheim Angels, a single to left field off of Ramón Ortiz. His first home run was hit on June 28, 2002 off of San Francisco Giants pitcher Jay Witasick. For the 2002 season his batting was .272 in 98 games. He followed by hitting .248 the following season, but missed the entire 2004 season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder resulting from a collision with shortstop Bobby Crosby in a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs. In 2005, he returned to the Athletics and led the team in batting average (.316), on base percentage (.384), and slugging average (.477) as the team's regular second baseman.
On June 4, 2007, Ellis became only the sixth player in Oakland Athletics history to hit for the cycle. On July 23, 2007, he had his first career multi-home run game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On August 5, 2007, he tied the A's team record for consecutive error-less games by a second baseman at 70 games.
Ellis missed the last two months of the 2008 season due to cartilage damage in his shoulder. He underwent successful surgery that also fixed a torn labrum from a previous injury.
In October 2008, the Athletics signed Ellis to an $11 million contract through 2010, with an option of extending the deal an additional season.
On June 30, 2011, Ellis was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Bruce Billings and a player to be named later. On September 30, the Athletics announced that they received 22-year-old outfielder Eliezer Mesa as the player to be named later to complete the deal.
Los Angeles Dodgers
After a strong start to the season, Ellis' leg was severely injured on May 20, 2012, by a hard slide from Tyler Greene of the Cardinals while Ellis was attempting to turn a double play. Initially saying that he was okay, Ellis did not go to the hospital until the following day, after he experienced extreme discomfort and swelling in his lower leg. After performing a fasciotomy to allow room within his leg for the swollen muscle tissue, his doctor later said that Ellis might have lost his leg if the surgery had been performed only six or seven hours later than it was. Doctors said Ellis' injury was a rare one for athletes, but more common for victims of car accidents. Ellis was expected to be out for six weeks and did not rejoin the Dodgers till July 4.
Overall he appeared in 110 games for the Dodgers in 2012, hitting .258 with 7 homers and 31 RBI.
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- "Alumni > Mark Ellis". Post 22 Baseball. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- "Mark Ellis Statistics: Transactions". Sports Reference, Inc. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- "April 9, 2002 Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. April 9, 2002. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- "April 18, 2002 Anaheim Angels at Oakland Athletics Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. April 18, 2002. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- "June 28, 2002 San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. June 28, 2002. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- Nelson, Steve (April 10, 2004). "Ellis out for the season". MLB.com. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- 2007 Oakland Athletics Media Guide (PDF). MLB Advanced Media. pp. p. 69. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- Quinn, Ryan (October 5, 2006). "Notes: A's defense takes a hit". MLB.com. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- Urban, Mychael (February 17, 2008). "Ellis' hitting is ahead of his throwing". oaklandathletics.com. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
- Urban, Mychael (October 21, 2008). "Ellis embraces two-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved October 21, 2008.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Rockies Acquire Mark Ellis". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- "A's announce coaching staff changes for 2012". Oakland Athletics Press Release. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- Dodgers sign Ellis to two-year, $8.75M deal
- Jim Peltz, Quick action probably saved leg of Dodgers' Mark Ellis, Los Angeles Times, Published May 20, 2012, Retrieved May 22, 2012
- "Dohling knows Moneyball" by Joe Haakenson. October 01, 2011. Accessed April 29, 2012.
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