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Mark Grater

Baseball ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

Mark "Pizza" Grater had an exceptional senior year at Monaca in 1981-1982. He was the point guard on the Indians’ state championship basketball team and was selected Monaca’s baseball MVP. In his second year with the Community College of Beaver County Titans, Mark’s pitching prowess earned him junior college All American honors, which brought a scholarship to Florida International University, where Mark began to get attention from pro scouts. He signed with St Louis in 1986 in the 24th round and made an immediate impact, being named Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year in the National League. Mark had an exceptional season in 1989: playing for St Petersburg he led the Florida State league with 32 saves and earned another Rolaids award. In 1991 he set a Louisville Redbirds record for having the lowest reliever earned run average at 2.02. He also had 12 saves after being switched to a closer midway through the season. Mark realized his dream of playing in the big leagues in 1991, pitching on the St Louis Cardinals’ staff for three weeks with and not giving up an earned run. Mark was a closer at Louisville in 1992, finishing with 24 saves and winning his third Rolaids award. Mark was in the Detroit chain in 1993 and was called up by the Tigers for a brief stint before he retired after the 1995 season. The Cardinals singed Mark as a pitching coach in their system in 1997.