Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #4 Mark Holzemer

Mark Harold Holzemer
Relief Pitcher

Even with fellow left-handed reliever Bryan Ward already in the Phillies bullpen, the team decided to add another lefty to the mix when they recalled Mark Holzemer from Triple-A to take the place of the demoted Paul Byrd.  Signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent in November 1999, Holzemer had previously seen big league time with the Angels, Mariners and Athletics.  He appeared in 15 games with the Phillies before a strained left hamstring landed him on the disabled list.  After returning from the injury, Holzemer appeared in 10 more games for the Phillies before being designated for assignment on August 15th.  He'd clear waivers and report to the Red Barons where he'd finish out the 2000 season.

Holzemer pitched in 6 games in Japan in 2001, and then spent the 2002 season with the Diamondbacks' Triple-A team in Tucson before retiring.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  165
Born:  August 20, 1969, Littleton, CO
Drafted:  Drafted by the California Angels in the 4th round of the 1987 amateur player draft.
Major League Teams:  California Angels 1993, 1995-1996; Seattle Mariners 1997; Oakland Athletics 1998; Phillies 2000
Professional Affiliations:  California Angels 1988-1996; Seattle Mariners 1997; Oakland Athletics 1998; Colorado Rockies 1999; Phillies 2000; Yokohama Bay Stars (Japan) 2001; Arizona Diamondbacks 2001

Phillies Career
25 games - all in relief, 0-1, 7.71 ERA, 25 2/3 innings, 19 strikeouts, 8 walks
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Colorado Rockies organization, November 15, 1999.
Debut:  June 4, 2000 - Relieved Curt Schilling in the eighth inning in a game against the Red Sox, striking out the only batter he'd face, Scott Hatteberg.
Final Game:  August 13, 2000 - In an eventual 14-7 blow-out loss against the Astros, pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on four hits.
Departed:  Left the Phillies organization following the 2000 season, and signed with the Yokohama Bay Stars in Japan.

1993 Bowman #117
1994 Topps #765
1996 Leaf Signature Series
Extended Autographs
2000 Q Cards Scranton/
Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #11
1 Holzemer Baseball Card in My Collection
2000 Q Cards Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #11

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1993 Bowman #117
First Topps Base Card:  1994 Topps #765
Last Mainstream Card:  1996 Leaf Signature Series Extended Autographs
Other Notable Cards:  1989 Best Quad City Angels #9, 1994 Donruss #583, 2002 Multi-Ad Tucson Sidewinders #11

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger
2 Chris Pritchett
3 Bryan Ward
4 Mark Holzemer

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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