Shooty Babitt

Mack Neal "Shooty" Babitt (born March 9, 1959, in Oakland, California) is an American former baseball second baseman during the 1981 Major League Baseball (MLB) season. After retiring as a player, Babitt became a baseball scout. He became a television analyst in 2008.

Shooty Babitt
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Babitt in 1984
Second Baseman
Born: (1959-03-09) March 9, 1959 (age 63)
Oakland, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1981, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 4, 1981, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.256
Home runs0
Runs batted in14


Babitt was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 25th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his career with a seven-game hitting streak, the second longest such streak in Oakland A's history.[1] For his career, Babitt played in 54 major league games in 1981, hitting .256 in 156 at bats. Oakland manager Billy Martin later commented, "If you ever see Shooty Babitt play second base for me again, I want you to Shooty me."[2]

Babitt was a long-time advance scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and since 2008, he has been a scout for the New York Mets.[3] Additionally, since 2008, he has worked as a television color analyst on the pre- and post-game shows for Oakland A's home games on NBC Sports California. Beginning in 2014, he has also substituted for game analyst Ray Fosse on 20 A's games per season.[4] Later, he starred in the animated feature, "Who Framed Shooty Babitt."[5]

His son, Zach Babitt was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[6]


  1. ^ Hurd, Rick (June 12, 2008). "A's Notebook: Outfielder Brown is healthy scratch again". Contra Costa Times.
  2. ^ Neyer, Rob (2003). Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups: A Complete Guide to the Best, Worst, and Most Memorable Players to Ever Grace the Major Leagues. Simon & Schuster. p. 169. ISBN 0743241746.
  3. ^ Nightengale, Bob (June 24, 2008). "New manager Manuel key to Mets' personality makeover". USA Today.
  4. ^ Lee, Jane (February 21, 2014). "Babitt set to join A's broadcast as analyst". Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
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  6. ^ "Zach Babitt Becomes First in Art U History Selected in MLB Draft". Academy of Art University. Retrieved December 16, 2013.

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