Former Frederick Friday Feature – Mark Gibbs
Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. The third week into the contest was a tough-y, as shown by the 18 guesses it took Facebook for someone to get the right guy. That is not including two clues either! Mark Gibbs was the lucky guy selected from the Keys photo archives last week, so let’s find out some more about this Keys infielder!
Named as one of the Top 100 high school players after a great career at St. Johns College High School, Gibbs was signed by the Orioles after being the starting short stop for four years at George Mason University. In his time at Mason, Gibbs finished in the top ten in many categories, including hits and games played.
Mark made his organizational debut with the GCL Orioles in 2000, where he played both second base and shortstop. His average was nothing to brag about at .259. That was enough to earn him a trip to Frederick to begin the 2001 season. He played only 42 games in a Keys uniform and hit just .207. None the less, he found himself in Bowie after his time with the Keys, where he hit .228 through 32 games. He saw time at the hot corner with the Baysox as well.
Gibbs began 2002 with the Shorebirds in Low ‘A’ before seeing some time with the Baysox again in Double ‘A’. His stats were not too impressive, hitting .180 in Delmarva and .167 in Bowie. That was his final year in professional baseball.
Currently, Mark Gibbs works at his high school alma mater, St. Johns College HS as the head baseball coach. Although he didn’t get higher than Double ‘A’ in the O’s organization, he endured plenty of success in high school and college baseball and is now giving his knowledge to the players he coaches.
Make sure to “Like” Us on Facebook to have your chance at the next Former Frederick Friday, which will take place on November 30th! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, Keys fans!
Former Frederick Friday Players
November 2nd: Ron Kitchen
November 9th: Scott Conner
November 16th: Mark Gibbs