Mike Marshall (marshmi02)
Michael Allen Marshall
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 220 lb.
- High School Buffalo Grove High School
- Debut September 7, 1981
- Final Game August 4, 1991
- Born January 12, 1960 in Libertyville, IL USA
Mike Marshall is one of two players by that name to become stars with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Confusingly enough, the other Mike Marshall, a pitcher, was still active in the 1981 National League when this Mike came up. This Mike, an outfielder, played 11 seasons in the majors and hit 148 home runs. He was on the All-Star team in 1984, and also appeared on the winning team in the 1988 World Series.
Born in 1960 in Libertyville, IL, north of Chicago, he went to high school in Buffalo Grove, IL a bit closer to Chicago. He was signed as a 6th round pick in the 1978 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and scout Glen Van Proyen. Scott Sanderson, from nearby Northbrook, IL, had been drafted the year before by the pros.
Marshall moved up the ladder in the Dodgers organization, playing at Lethbridge, Lodi, San Antonio, and Albuquerque. He always hit well (see awards below), but his two years at Albuquerque were great, as he hit .373/~.443/.675 and then .388/~.483/.639 in 1981 and 1982. He was named Minor League Player of the Year by both The Sporting News and Baseball America (awarding the distinction for the first time) for his great 1981 season at Albuquerque, where he won the Pacific Coast League Triple Crown. He came up for 14 games with the Dodgers in 1981, and appeared in the Division Series but not in the League Championship Series or the World Series.
Major League career
His best year was on the division-leading 1985 Dodgers team, hitting .293/.342/.515 with 28 home runs.
He struggled with injuries in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1989.
After being traded from the Dodgers, he was briefly with the New York Mets and then with the Boston Red Sox, appearing in the 1990 Championship Series with them. He closed out his career playing two games with the California Angels at the end of the 1991 season.
One of the most similar players to Marshall is Don Demeter, another player who started his career with the Dodgers.
He and Belinda Carlisle, lead singer of the new wave band the Go-Go's, were an item for a while.
After the Majors
He managed the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs of the Northern League from 2000 to 2002 and the El Paso Diablos of the American Association from 2005 to 2006. In 2011, he made national news while managing the Chico Outlaws of the North American League, when on August 9th, he got into a fight with 52-year-old former major leaguer Tony Phillips, who was playing third base for the opposing Yuma Scorpions. The fight got violent and degenerated into a bench-clearing brawl. Both Phillips and Marshall received three-game suspensions for their actions.
His son Michael played baseball for Stanford University.
- 1981 The Sporting News & Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year, Albuquerque Dukes, Pacific Coast League
- 1979 MVP California League, Lodi Dodgers
- 1981 MVP Pacific Coast League, Albuquerque Dukes
- NL All-Star (1984)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1984, 1985 & 1988)
- Won two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981 & 1988) (he did not play in the 1981 World Series)
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2000||Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs||Northern League East||45-38||4th||Independent Leagues|
|2001||Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs||Northern League East||50-41||2nd||Independent Leagues||Lost in 1st round|
|2002||Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs||Northern League East||46-43||5th||Independent Leagues|
|2005||El Paso Diablos||Central Baseball League||44-50||6th||Independent Leagues|
|2006||El Paso Diablos||American Association||8-15||--||Independent Leagues||--||replaced by Carlos Sepulveda on June 7|
|2007||Yuma Scorpions||Golden Baseball League||42-34||3rd||Independent Leagues|
|2008||Yuma Scorpions||Golden Baseball League||48-40||3rd||Independent Leagues|
|2011||Chico Outlaws||North American League||41-47||5th||Independent Leagues|
|2012||San Rafael Pacifics||North American League||34-26||2nd||Independent Leagues|