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VOL. LXVII        COUGAR ATHLETIC CLUB NEWSLETTER      Oct. 21st, 2017

 

From Pete Coscarart Field at Escondido High School to the Major Leagues, former Escondido High School baseball player, Mark Redman, shares his experiences with us today. Redman graduated from EHS in 1992. He attended The Master’s College (formally known as Los Angeles Bible College) in Santa Clarita for one year and then transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he helped the Sooners garner the NCAA College World Series in his first year on campus! He set school records for strikeouts (136) and innings pitched (135.1) during the regular, according to Wikipedia. In addition, he won five straight decisions in the playoffs. For his work, he was awarded All Big-Eight first team, Big Eight Newcomer of the Year, NCAA All-Regional Team and capped off his outstanding season by being named to the 1994 College World Series All-Tournament Team. Redman played two years for the Sooners earning 1st Team All-American each year.

 

After the 1995 season, Redman was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st Round, 13th overall in the Major League Draft. He made his first appearance in the Big Leagues on July 24, 1999. In 2000, Redman made 24 starts and compiled a 12-9 record. The next year, after 9 starts, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers but was limited because of an injury. The next year, he made 30 starts for the Tigers and finished with an 8-15 record. That off season, he was again traded, this time to the Florida Marlins. It was a great trade for Redman, as he was a member of the 2003 World Series Championship team for which he claimed 14 wins along with a career best 3.59 ERA.

 

Once again, in the off season, Redman was traded. This time to the Oakland A’s where he finished with a 11-12 record. That off season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he suffered through his worst statistical season of his career, 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA. The Pirates then traded him to Kansas City where he pitched his way on to the American League All Star team as the Royals’ lone representative. He finished the year with a team high 11 wins.

 

In March of 2007, Redman signed a free agent minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves, where he started the season on the AAA Richmond Braves teams. He struggled with the Atlanta team when recalled to the major leagues, in part, because of a foot injury which required surgery. The Brave released him from his contract and signed minor league deals with Texas and Toronto, but both teams released him. He then signed with the Colorado Rockies and was assigned to their AA team in Tulsa. He made it back to the big-league Rockies in September. He pitched the next year for the Rockies organization before receiving his release from the team in July of 2008.

Overall, Redman posted a 68-85 record with a 4.85 ERA along with 747 strikeouts in his big-league career.

 

Cougar Legend, Marilyn Shriver, is in Pomerado Hospital in Hospice care. In addition, Ann Embrey, Coach Embrey’s wife, fell recently and had surgery to repair arm and shoulder injuries.

 

The Annual Cougar Athletic Club Scholarship Golf Tournament took place September 16th. The club cleared around $2900 for this event. Longtime Chairperson of this event, Sal Garcia, is stepping down. We appreciate Sal’s dedication and commitment to this fund-raising event. He spent a great deal of his time securing the golf course, supplies, gifts for the raffle, recruiting participants and rectifying the accounts. We owe Sal a great deal of gratitude. If this event is to continue, we will need someone to take over the leadership role. Otherwise, we will have to find another fund-raising avenue to assure money will be available for the scholarships at the end of the school year.

 

Speaking of scholarships, the club is still accepting donations for the Coach Embrey Endowment Fund.

 

Escondido High School has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2018. New inductees are: Jim Atkins, Donny Anderson, Brady Clay, Dave Graves, Hannah Turner Siberksy, and Art Warren. Ceremonies will occur in February of 2018. Hope to see you there!

 

Final dates for our 2018 meetings have not yet been determined. The first meeting with be in January. When the dates are secured you will receive an email with the details.

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