Howie Clark

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Howie Clark was originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 27th round of the 1992 amateur draft. He made a slow and steady climb through the Orioles farm system, culminating with his O's debut in 2002 for 14 games at 28. By then a utility player, Clark scraped together a short MLB career, playing 134 games and hitting .262 over 6 seasons with 3 teams. This included two distinct stints with both the Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays.

His most memorable big league moment came with the Blue Jays. In a game on May 30, 2007, his first of the season (and first since July 6, 2006 at the big league level), Howie let an easy pop-up drop after becoming distracted by Alex Rodriguez yelling like a goober, thinking it was fellow infielder John McDonald calling him off the ball. Jorge Posada was gifted a single by the book, part of a four-run inning in a game the Blue Jays dropped to the New York Yankees, 10-5.

In 2017 Clark was named assistant hitting coach of the Baltimore Orioles, staying until the end of the 2019 season. He was scheduled to be the hitting coach of the Charlotte Knights in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 2021, he moved to the Chicago White Sox as assistant hitting coach and stayed until the end of the 2022 season.

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