Mark Steven Gubicza (/ˈɡʊbɪzə/; born August 14, 1962) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played for 14 major league seasons with the Kansas City Royals (1984–96) and California Angels (1997). He currently does color commentary for Los Angeles Angels games on Fox Sports.
Gubicza in 1991.
|Born: August 14, 1962|
|April 6, 1984, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 11, 1997, for the Anaheim Angels|
|Earned run average||3.96|
|Career highlights and awards|
Gubicza was born August 14, 1962 in Philadelphia. He attended the William Penn Charter School. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2nd round of the 1981 Amateur Draft, the 34th overall pick. He began his professional baseball career at age 18 with the Royals Gold in the Gulf Coast League, where he went 8-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 56 innings. He played for Fort Myers in the Florida State Class A League in 1982 and missed most of the season due to injuries. In 1983, he was assigned to the Jacksonville Suns, the Royals AA team in the Southern League, managed by Gene Lamont. Gubicza was 14-12 with a 2.72 ERA, and 146 strikeouts in 196 innings. He made his major league debut on April 6, 1984 against the Cleveland Indians at Royals Stadium. He pitched 6 innings, gave up 5 hits, 1 run, and struck out 4.
Gubicza was a member of Kansas City's 1984 American League Western Division winning team and as well as their 1985 World Series winning team. However, he didn't get a chance to pitch in the 1985 World Series as the Royals decided to go with a four-man starting rotation. He was elected to American League All-Star Teams in 1988 and 1989.
Gubicza finished 3rd in voting for the 1988 American League Cy Young Award after posting a 20–8 win–loss record in 35 games (all as a starter), 8 complete games, 4 shutouts, 269 2⁄3 innings pitched, 237 hits allowed, 94 runs allowed (81 earned), 11 home runs allowed, 83 walks, 183 strikeouts, and a 2.70 ERA.
He led the American League in games started in 1989 (36) and 1995 (33).
Gubicza has served as an MLB Analyst on Dodgers and Angels pre-game and post-game shows for Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket. In 2007, he was paired with José Mota on fifty Angels telecasts on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket and KCOP.  He also co-hosts Angels in the Infield with Bill Macdonald. The Angels announced that he will work roughly 75 games on television during the 2008 season. Gubizca was slated to work with Rory Markas on Angels broadcasts in 2010 before Markas's sudden death on January 4, 2010. On March 3, 2010, Victor Rojas was named as Markas' replacement. He appeared in 30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo: The Legend of Bo Jackson, which first aired on 8 December 2012.
In 2005 and 2006, Gubicza was the Head Baseball Coach at Chaminade High School in West Hills, California. One of the students he coached was Kevin Pillar, now the center fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays. Gubicza's son, Chad, attended Chaminade.
The 1984 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses. However, they would lose to the Detroit Tigers in 3 Games in the ALCS. The Tigers would go on to the World Series and defeat the San Diego Padres in 5 Games.1986 Kansas City Royals season
The 1986 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.1988 Kansas City Royals season
The 1988 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 77 losses.1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 59th playing of the "Midsummer Classic" between Major League Baseball's American League (AL) and National League All-Star teams. The All-Star Game was held on July 12, 1988, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, the home of the NL's Cincinnati Reds.
The game resulted in the AL defeating the NL 2-1. Terry Steinbach, a catcher for the AL's Oakland Athletics, won the All-Star game's most valuable player award. Steinbach was credited with both of the AL's two runs in the game. Frank Viola of the Minnesota Twins was the winning pitcher.1989 Kansas City Royals season
The 1989 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses. The Royals' record was tied for the third best in baseball, but in the pre-wild card era, the team did not qualify for the post-season.1990 Kansas City Royals season
The 1990 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 6th in the American League West with a record of 75 wins and 86 losses.1993 Kansas City Royals season
The 1993 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses. This was George Brett's final season in the major leagues, as well as the team's final season in the AL West.1997 Anaheim Angels season
The Anaheim Angels 1997 season involved the Angels finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses. It was the first season for the franchise as the "Anaheim Angels", after playing under the name of the "California Angels" for the previous 31 seasons, plus part of another.Earl Rapp
Earl Wellington Rapp (May 20, 1921 – February 13, 1992) was an American professional baseball outfielder and scout. In Major League Baseball, he played in 1949 and from 1951 to 1952 for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, New York Giants, St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators. Born in Corunna, Michigan, but raised in Swedesboro, New Jersey, he batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).
Rapp, whose father was a plant inspector, went to high school in Swedesboro, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track.
He was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1940. Before the 1941 season, he was sent to the Boston Red Sox in an unknown transaction. In June of that year, the Red Sox sent him to the Tigers in another unknown transaction. He then spent many years in the minor leagues, missing 1943 to 1945 due to military service. He served in the United States Army and saw combat in the European Theater of Operations, attaining the rank of Sergeant and earning a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. He was wounded in the leg at the battle of Colmar Pocket in early 1945.In 1948, Rapp hit .298 with 17 home runs and 96 RBI for the Seattle Rainiers. Prior to getting the call up to the majors in 1949, he hit .340 with 15 home runs and 86 RBI for the Oakland Oaks.
On April 28, 1949, he made his major league debut. He had one plate appearance, drawing a walk. On May 7, 1949, he was traded to the White Sox for Don Kolloway. With the White Sox, he hit .259 in 19 games. He was sent to the Oakland Oaks on June 11 of that season to complete an earlier trade involving Jerry Scala and Catfish Metkovich. In 1950, he hit .347 with 24 home runs and 145 RBI for Oakland.
On July 1, 1951, Rapp was sent by the Oaks to the Giants for Spider Jorgensen and Red Hardy. He played in 13 games for the Giants, collecting 1 hit in 11 at-bats for a .091 batting average. He was selected off waivers by the Browns on September 1 of that year, and in 98 at-bats with them he hit .327 with two home runs and 15 RBI. Overall, he hit .303 in 109 at-bats that season. With the Oaks that year, he hit .322 with 10 homers and 74 RBI.
Despite having a solid run with the Browns in 1951, Rapp did not perform well for them in 1952. In fact, he hit only .143 in 49 at-bats, prompting them to trade him to the Senators for Fred Marsh on June 10. He wrapped up his career with the Senators, hitting .284 in 67 at-bats with them. Overall, he hit .224 with 13 RBI in 116 at-bats that season. He played his final game on September 23.
In 1953, Rapp hit .311 with 24 home runs and 108 RBI for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. In 1954, he hit .337 with 24 homers and 111 RBI. In 1955, he hit .302 with 30 home runs and 133 RBI for them. In 1956, he hit .300 with nine home runs and 65 RBI. For the Padres and Portland Beavers in 1957, he hit .278 with three home runs and 19 RBI.
Overall, Rapp hit .262 in 279 big league at-bats. He hit two home runs and drove 39 runs in. He played for 12 different minor league clubs from 1940 to 1959, and in 12 years at Triple-A he hit .313.
Rapp served as a scout from 1960 to 1989 for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros, Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds. With Kansas City, he was responsible for the signing of Mark Gubicza. At the time of his death, he was a consultant to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Following his death, he was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Swedesboro.Fort Myers Royals
The Fort Myers Royals were a minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals from 1978-1987. In 1978 the Royals were brought to Fort Myers, Florida by the Kansas City franchise. This was because Fort Myers served as the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals were a Single A Florida State League franchise. The team played at Terry Park Ballfield from 1978 until 1987. In 1985 the Royals won the Florida State League Championship. Kevin Seitzer and Bret Saberhagen were members of that Fort Myers Royals team. The Minor League franchise left Fort Myers in 1988 when the Major League Baseball franchise moved Spring Training to Haines City, Florida and Baseball City Stadium.Joe Beckwith
Thomas Joseph Beckwith (born January 28, 1955) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher.José Mota (baseball)
José Manuel Mota Matos (born March 16, 1965) is a Dominican play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels telecasts on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket and KCOP. In addition to that he is the Spanish radio color commentator for the Angels on KWKW. He works alongside Amaury Pi-Gonzalez in the broadcast booth in Spanish and alongside Mark Gubicza in English. Fully bilingual, he conducts interviews with baseball players speaking either language. He is the son of former baseball player and long-time Dodgers coach Manny Mota.List of Los Angeles Angels broadcasters
One of the primary reasons why Los Angeles was awarded an American League expansion franchise for the 1961 season was because actor/singer turned broadcast mogul Gene Autry wanted to secure radio broadcast rights for the newly planned Los Angeles American League franchise. His KMPC (710 AM, now KSPN) was the radio home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, from the time they arrived from Brooklyn, New York in time for the 1958 baseball season, and actually came away from the 1960 Winter Meetings with his own baseball team.List of Major League Baseball career wild pitches leaders
In baseball, a wild pitch (abbreviated WP) is charged against a pitcher when his pitch is too high, too short, or too wide of home plate for the catcher to control with ordinary effort, thereby allowing a baserunner, perhaps even the batter-runner on an uncaught third strike, to advance. A wild pitch usually passes the catcher behind home plate, often allowing runners on base an easy chance to advance while the catcher chases the ball down. Sometimes the catcher may block a pitch, and the ball may be nearby, but the catcher has trouble finding the ball, allowing runners to advance.
Tony Mullane is the all-time leader in wild pitches with 343 career. Mullane is also the only player to throw more than 300 career wild pitches.List of William Penn Charter School people
This List of William Penn Charter School people catalogs notable alumni of William Penn Charter School, a private school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Chris Albright, OPC ’97, current Philadelphia Union and US National Team soccer player
Rubén Amaro, Jr., OPC '83, baseball player, general manager Philadelphia Phillies, and coach Boston Red Sox and New York Mets
Donald Barnhouse, OPC '39, American Christian preacher, pastor, radio pioneer.
David Berkoff, OPC ’84, Olympic medalist in swimming
Colonel Raynal Cawthorne Bolling, OPC '96 (1896), first high-ranking U.S. officer to be killed in combat in World War I
Henry Joel Cadbury, OPC '99 (1899), Quaker scholar, teacher, Harvard Divinity chair 1934–54
Bobby Convey, '98 (did not graduate), Toronto FC and US National Soccer Team player
Jennifer H. Diamond OPC '01, American singer, actress.
Charles Gwynne Douglas, III, OPC '60, former Supreme Court Justice from the state of New Hampshire, former US Congressman
Pierre S. DuPont OPC 1886, industrialist, philanthropist, DuPont Corporation director, one-time Chairman of General Motors.
J. Presper Eckert, OPC '37, University of Pennsylvania researcher, computer pioneer, co-creator of the world's first electronic computer, ENIAC
Richard B Fisher, OPC '53, chairman emeritus of Morgan Stanley
Mark Gubicza, OPC '81, former pitcher for the Kansas City Royals
Adam F. Goldberg, OPC '94, television and film writer.
William J. Green IV, OPC '83, former chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission and former Philadelphia City Council member at-large
Crawford H. Greenewalt, OPC '18, chemist, head of DuPont Corp. '48–'67, developed Nylon fabrics.
John P. Grotzinger, OPC '75, geologist, Caltech Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology; Ted and Ginger Jenkins Leadership Chair, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. Co-investigator on the Mars 2020 Rover.
George Hauptfuhrer, OPC '44, third overall selection in the 1948 BAA Draft
Howard Head, OPC ’32, founder of Head Ski Company & Prince Manufacturing Inc. 1914–1991
Mark Hecker, OPC '99, educator, social worker, advocate, founder of REACH, Incorporated.
Joseph M. "Joe" Hoeffel, OPC '68, Pennsylvania 13th District Congressman
John B. Kelly Jr., OPC ’45, brother of Grace Kelly, Olympic medalist and former president of the U.S. Olympic committee
Leicester Bodine Holland, Architect and archaeologist
Kenny Koplove, OPC '12, Professional Baseball Pitcher Philadelphia Phillies/Miami Marlins
Rob Kurz, OPC '04, NBA Power Forward
Paul K. Lebidine, OPC '78, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps
David Leebron, OPC '73, president of Rice University in Houston, Texas
James A. Lehman Jr. MD, OPC '55, plastic surgeon, founder of Lehman Craniofacial Center at Akron Children's Hospital.
Richard Lester, director of The Beatles' films A Hard Day's Night, and Help!
Colonel Douglas Macgregor PhD., is a retired American senior military officer and author.
Richard H. MacNeal OPC '40, computer engineer, co-founder of MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation.
Paul Mancini, OPC '78, digital marketing pioneer
Mike McGlinchey (offensive lineman), OPC '13, offensive tackle for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
John Robert "Jack" Meyer, OPC '50, former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
David Montgomery, OPC '64, President of the Philadelphia Phillies
David W. Oxtoby, OPC '68, President of Pomona College and Professor of Chemistry
Endicott Peabody, former Governor of Massachusetts, member of the College Football Hall of Fame (defense for Harvard).
Robert Picardo, OPC '71, The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager
Tony Resch, OPC '81, former professional lacrosse player, current coach, and NLL Hall of Fame inductee
Grover C. Richman, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey (1951–53) and New Jersey Attorney General (1954–58)
David Riesman, OPC '26, former Harvard University sociology professor, lawyer, author of sociology classic "The Lonely Crowd"
Matt Ryan, OPC '03, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons
Vic Seixas, OPC '41, former professional tennis player, won Wimbledon in 1953 and the US Open in 1954.
Sean Singletary, OPC '04, University of Virginia and Charlotte Bobcats point guard
David Sirota, OPC '94, The New York Times Bestselling author, journalist, and political strategist
J.C. Spink OPC 1990, Manager and Producer, Principal at Benderspink.
J. David Stern, OPC 1902, Publisher of The Philadelphia Record (1928–47) and other newspapers
General Frederick F. Woerner, Jr., OPC '51, former Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command (1987–89)
Jesse Watters (did not graduate), Watters World, Fox News
Daryl Worley, OPC '13, cornerback for the Carolina PanthersVictor Rojas
Victor M. Rojas (born February 3, 1968) is an American baseball broadcaster, currently the TV voice of the Los Angeles Angels.
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