Facts and Information
Mike has 18 years of experience with Major League clubs and begins his third season with the Cubs ... his responsibilities include instructing the catchers and involvement in the advanced scouting process.
- Was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees: 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000
- In 1999, appeared as John C. Reilly's catching double in Universal Pictures' "For Love of the Game" with Kevin Costner.
- Played four Minor League seasons (1991-94) in the St. Louis system, reaching the Single-A level.
- Earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, Calif.).
- Participated in the 2013 Cubs Caravan.
Managerial and Coaching Career
Mike begins his third season on the Cubs Major League coaching staff, bringing with him 18 years of Major League experience since joining the Yankees in 1996 as a bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher.
- Served four seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen catcher from 2008-11.
- Spent the previous 12 years in the New York Yankees organization starting in 1996 ... served two stints as a bullpen catcher, 12 seasons as a batting practice pitcher and two seasons operating the radar gun and charting pitches.
- Was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees (1996, 1998-2000).
- Served on the field staff for the American League All-Star Team in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
Mike played four Minor League seasons (1991-94) in the St. Louis system, reaching the Single-A level ... all told, batted .151 (13-for-86) with three doubles and four RBI in 42 career Minor League games.
- Drafted by St. Louis in the 1991 First-Year Player Draft.