Mark Salas

Mark Salas
Chicago White Sox – No. 59
Catcher/Bullpen catcher
Born: (1961-03-08) March 8, 1961
Montebello, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 19, 1984, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1991, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .247
Home runs 38
Runs batted in 143

Mark Bruce Salas (born March 8, 1961 in Montebello, California) is a former professional catcher who played in Major League Baseball from 1984-1991. Salas, who is of Mexican descent, currently works for the Chicago White Sox as a bullpen catcher.[1]

Despite playing for the Minnesota Twins before being traded to the New York Yankees during the 1987 season, Salas never received a World Series ring for the 1987 World Series. Instead, he was given a watch.

Salas is one of a few major leaguers whose surname is a palindrome; the others being catcher Truck Hannah (1918-1920), third baseman Eddie Kazak (1948-1952), infielder Toby Harrah (1969-1986), pitcher Dave Otto (1987-1994), first baseman Dick Nen (1963-1970), his son, reliever Robb Nen (1993-2002), pitcher Juan Salas (2006-present), and pitcher Marino Salas (2008-present). Mark, Juan and Marino Salas are not related.


  1. Orlando Sentinel, "TUESDAY'S NOTEBOOK"(Jun 5, 1985, Sports Section, Page D3); "..and rookie catcher Mark Salas, who is of Mexican descent, the Twins' minority percentage is 12 percent."

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