Grant in 2008
Born: October 24, 1963|
|April 27, 1984, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 26, 1993, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Earned run average||4.31|
|Career highlights and awards|
Grant was a first-round pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 1981 Major League Baseball draft. Grant started his major league career with the Giants from 1984 through 1987, when he was traded to the San Diego Padres. Grant played for the Padres through 1990 where he was again dealt to the Atlanta Braves for Derek Lilliquist. In the 1992 off-season, he signed with the Seattle Mariners to a one-year deal. In 1993, he signed to the Houston Astros. The same season on May 20, he was sent to the expansion team Colorado Rockies for Braulio Castillo. He was released from the club just two months later, and signed with the California Angels on August 20. In 1994, he took a break from baseball to host a talk radio show for KFMB-AM along with broadcasting Padres games for the station. Grant returned to baseball in 1995 when he pitched for the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate Iowa. In 1996 he briefly played for CPBL's Uni-President Lions and officially retired from baseball after leaving the Lions.
In 1997, Grant began working in the Padres' TV broadcast booth for Channel 4 San Diego, teaming with a variety of partners including Mel Proctor and Matt Vasgersian. In 2012, he moved to the new regional television network Fox Sports San Diego, where he continues to provide color commentary with famed play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg. Grant's style of color commentary along with his humorous on-air antics have made "Mud" (a nickname given early in his playing career by Giants coach Danny Ozark in reference to Mudcat Grant) a favorite with Padres fans.
Grant currently resides in Alpine, CA, with his wife Mary, two sons, and a daughter. In 2007, Mark Grant was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Alpine (of which he is a member) for his contributions to the community. He is also a frequent contributor to sports talk shows on XX Sports Radio in San Diego, as well as the Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw show on 100.7 JACK FM. Grant has publicly stated his appreciation for this page, and also shops at Costco La Mesa, frequently.