Mark Clear

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Mark Alan Clear

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Curveballer Mark Clear was a two-time American League All-Star reliever who won 71 games in 11 seasons. The nephew of Bob Clear, Mark made his first All-Star appearance as a rookie in 1979, fashioning an 11-5 record and 3.63 ERA with 14 saves in 52 games for the California Angels, who won a division title. He followed with an 11-11, 105 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings sophomore season in 1980. He then moved to the Boston Red Sox as part of a deal for the Halos to nab Rick Burleson. Clear's finest season was 1982, when he finished 14-9 with 14 saves, an ERA of 3.00 and 109 strikeouts en route to a second All-Star selection. He fell hard in 1983, only enjoying one more solid season in 1986 when he crafted a 2.20 ERA and 16 saves in 59 games with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 804 1/3 innings in the bigs, he struck out 804 men, but was also plagued by control problems at times, surrendering 554 walks.

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