Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Q&A with Mark Hutton

Questions and answers with Mark Hutton (pictured above) a former Australian Major League Baseball pitcher with the Yankees, Marlins, Rockies and Reds. He also played baseball for Australia at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games

1. (NH) What do you consider to be your top five baseball career highlights?
(MH) Top five highlights:
  • From a junior stand point making the U19 Australian team back to back years was rewarding, held in Canada and the following year Sydney Australia
  • Signing with the Yankees was a big deal, without really having an understanding of what the significance would end up being. Having the ability to go through the Yankee farm system and making it to the Bronx was my greatest achievement
  • My debut in July 93 against the Angels
  • Wearing the pin stripes puts me in a tradition that is like no other in the world, the Yankee Family, once a Yankee always a Yankee
  • Hitting a Big League home run was lots of fun, not sure of stats but would have to be the only Australian pitcher ever to do so in a Major League game, maybe you can correct me if not the case
2. (NH) Who were some of your most formidable opponents and how did you go about trying to win the pitching battle against these hitters?
(MH) As you would appreciate all Big League hitters are of the rarest talent but facing guys like George Brett, Kirk Gibson, Barry Bonds, Cecil Fielder, Cal Ripken Jr, Kirby Puckett, Paul Molitor, Wade Boggs, the list goes on. Sometimes you just have to hope for the best when you face guys of that calibre.

3. (NH) What were some highlights for you on and off the field participating in baseball at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games? 
(MH) The Sydney Olympics was a very different form of baseball being that this was a knockout style of baseball as opposed to the long grind of professional ball that I was use to in a regular season of baseball in the US. Having said that it would have to be right up there with one of the better moments of my 12 year career. To be known as an Olympian is something that will stand forever in my baseball achievements and I am proud of that.

4. (NH) What are some initiatives you feel could further cultivate baseball interest in Australia?   
(MH) Certainly having Major League Baseball played here next year in Sydney will and should give rise to the many young kids that play ball in this country and give them hope of one day playing this great game of baseball at the top level. Baseball - the greatest game in the world and I was extremely lucky to be a part of that and its history.

Please refer to this link to see Mark Hutton's Major League career statistics and the following link to see his Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games statistics

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