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Ellis attended the University of Florida and was a ninth-round selection by the Kansas City Royals in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He was acquired by the A's along with outfielder Johnny Damon and pitcher Cory Lidle in a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Ben Grieve, shortstop Angel Berroa, and catcher A.J. Hinch.
Major league careerEdit
Ellis made his major-league debut in 2002, batting .272 in 98 games. He followed by hitting .248 the following season, but missed the entire 2004 season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder resulting from a collision with shortstop Bobby Crosby in a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs. In 2005, he returned to the Athletics and had a successful season, leading the team in batting average (.316), on base percentage (.384), and slugging average (.477) as the team's regular second baseman.
On May 14, 2006, Ellis was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat as part of the Mother's Day Strikeout Challenge benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In 2006, Ellis broke Bret Boone's single-season American League record for a second baseman with a .99685 fielding percentage, although the Gold Glove Award went to the Royals' Mark Grudzielanek.
On June 4, 2007, Ellis became only the sixth player in Oakland Athletics history to hit for the cycle. On July 23, 2007, he had his first career multi-home run game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On August 5, 2007, he tied the A's team record for consecutive error-less games by a second baseman at 70 games.
Ellis missed the last two months of the season due to cartilage damage in his shoulder. He underwent successful surgery that also fixed a torn labrum from a previous injury. He is expected to be cleared to play second base on March 25, though he is cleared to DH before then.
In October 2008, the Athletics signed Ellis to an US$11 million contract through 2010, with an option of extending the deal an additional season.
Ellis is married with one child, a son named Briggs, who was born in the same week that Ellis hit for the cycle.
- ↑ Mark Ellis Statistics: Transactions. Sports Reference, Inc.. Retrieved on 2007-06-01.
- ↑ Nelson, Steve (April 10, 2004). Ellis out for the season. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-01.
- ↑ MLB.com (May 9, 2006). Major League Baseball, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation team up for "Strikeout Challenge" Mother's Day promotion. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-06-01.
- ↑ 2007 Oakland Athletics Media Guide (PDF), MLB Advanced Media, p. 69. Retrieved on 2007-06-01.
- ↑ Quinn, Ryan (October 5, 2006). Notes: A's defense takes a hit. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-01.
- ↑ Players Born in South Dakota. Sports Reference, Inc.. Retrieved on 2007-06-01.
- ↑ Urban, Mychael. "Ellis' hitting is ahead of his throwing", oaklandathletics.com, 2008-2-17. Retrieved on 2009-2-24.
- ↑ Urban, Mychael. "Ellis embraces two-year deal", MLB.com, 2008-10-21. Retrieved on 2008-10-21.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube