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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Phil Clark, Scrapper - 400

(Also check out the redone Dec. 5 entry, Phil Clark, Bat Took Him)

As we saw a couple days ago with Mark Meleski, it's not unheard of to have two members of the 1990 CMC set hanging out with each other today. Forget two, how about three?

Today's player, Phil Clark, is the first of three members of the 1990 CMC set all coaching or managing the same minor league team for 2010, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Clark is also another first round draft pick, one that took a little longer to make the majors and one that hung around a little longer than others we've seen.

Clark was drafted 18th overall in 1986 by the Tigers. He made it to AA London in 1989 and by 1990 he was with AAA Toledo. He made the big club May 27, 1992, playing in 23 games that year and hitting .407. The next year was his best in the majors. After being picked up off waivers by San Diego, Clark played in 102 games that year, hitting .313.

Perhaps his best seasons, however, came in Japan. In 1997, he signed on with the Kintetsu Buffaloes, hitting 23 home runs and batting .331, second only to Ichiro Suzuki. He stayed on in Japan until 2000. Eleven games in 2002 for the Nashua Pride and his playing days were over.

These days, Clark is a coach for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the NY-Penn League. The pitching coach and manager? Ken Rowe and Travis Fryman, both fellow members of the 1990 CMC set.

1990 CMC Tally
Cards Reviewed: 28/880 - 3.2%
Major Leaguers: 14 - 50%
Never Made the Majors: 14 - 50%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 6
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 8

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