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Mike Stefanski #72

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Full Name:
Mike Stefanski
Uniform #:
72

COACHING CAREER: Mike Stefanski is in his 11th season on the Major League coaching staff...on 12/4 was named Major League catching coordinator...on 1/27/04 he retired as a player and joined the Reds' staff as the bullpen catcher.

PLAYING CAREER: In his minor league career appeared in 786g behind the plate but also played 60g at 1B, 25g at 3B and 18g in the OF...made four apps as a pitcher (0-0, 5.40), all in relief...in 1994 was a Texas League All-Star...was named California League Batter of the Week for 5/2-5/8, 1993 (.591)...in 1991, his first professional season, won the Arizona League batting championship (.364)...originally was selected by the Brewers in the 40th round of the June 1991 free-agent draft...was signed by Larry Keller...on 10/19/95 was acquired by the Cardinals in exchange for C Mark Ronan...on 11/12/99 was signed by the Reds as a minor league free agent...on 11/9/00 was signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent...beginning with the 2002 season signed minor league contracts with the Reds for three consecutive years (1/18/02, 12/24/02, 11/7/03)...retired as a player on 1/27/04.

PERSONAL: In 1987 graduated from Redford Union High School in Redford, MI, where he played baseball and basketball...attended the University of Detroit, where twice he was All-Conference in baseball...also attended Detroit Mercy College...wife's name is Ysela (pronounced ee-SELL-uh)...they have three children, Shelbie, Michael and Lauren.

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