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Mark Ballinger

Mark Ballinger
Pitcher
Born: (1949-01-31) January 31, 1949 (age 65)
Glendale, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 8, 1971 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1971 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Win-loss record 1–2
Earned run average 4.67
Strikeouts 25
Teams

Mark Alan Ballinger (born January 31, 1949) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher who appeared in 18 games, all in relief, for the 1971 Cleveland Indians. The right-hander stood 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and weighed 205 pounds (93 kg), and entered professional baseball after Cleveland selected him in the second round of the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft.

Ballinger worked in 34⅔ innings during his two-month-long MLB career, giving up 30 hits and 13 bases on balls, while striking out 25. He recorded eight games finished, but no saves. Ballinger earned his only victory on August 28, 1971, with a stellar, four-inning relief appearance against the Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Stadium, allowing no hits and only one base on balls (to future Hall of Famer Rod Carew) and striking out three as the Indians rallied to win, 9–8, on a three-run home run by Vada Pinson.[1]

His minor league career lasted all or parts of 12 seasons (1967–1973; 1975–1979); he appeared in 260 games and won 54 of 115 decisions.[2]

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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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