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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mark Meleski, Private Coach - 259

This is an old post concerning Mark Meleski.

For the newer feature on Mark Meleski from June 2011, with more research, click here:
Mark Meleski, Season Openers

Old Post: Mark Meleski had a brief six-season career as a player in minor league baseball. His career managing, coaching and teaching the game privately has lasted much longer.

Meleski was drafted by the Indians in 1978, but his pro-baseball career wouldn't begin until 1981, after a successful stint in college at Virginia. He spent six seasons in the Red Sox' system, never getting above AA New Britain. When he finally made it to AAA Pawtucket, it was not as a player, but as a coach. (You can tell he's a hitting coach here because he's holding a bat)

Meleski equaled his playing days, spending six seasons in Pawtucket, then two more helming the Red Sox' Carolina League team in Lynchburg. In all, he's managed six seasons for three teams, served as hitting coach nine seasons for four teams.

One of the teams he coached was the Richmond Braves, in 2001, in his hometown. He's still in his hometown, but more recently, he was giving private lessons. He and fellow former player (and member of the 1990 CMC set) Tracy Woodson started Richmond Baseball Instructors in 2004, according to

1990 CMC Tally
Cards Reviewed: 25/880 - 2.8%
Major Leaguers: 11 - 44%
Never Made the Majors: 14 - 56%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 5
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 8

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