Currently a color analyst on MASN, the Baltimore Orioles flagship station, Mike Bordick is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame and a wildly popular former shortstop who spent 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, six of them with the Orioles. Bordick, who went undrafted out of the University of Maine, originally signed with the Oakland Athletics in 1986 and debuted with them in 1990 as a 24 year old. Bordick split time between shortstop and second base for the Athletics through the 1996 season before he signed with the Orioles to replace future Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. at shortstop, facilitating the Iron Man’s move to third base.
Considered a glove-first shortstop, Bordick was consistently among American League leaders in fielding percentage, put outs, assists and double plays turned at shortstop. During the 2002 season Bordick handled 543 chances over 110 games without committing an error, which remains a major league record. In the midst of his finest offensive season in 2000 when he hit a career-high 20 home runs and was also named an A.L. All-Star, Bordick was traded to the New York Mets for their run to the World Series, but resigned with the Orioles that following offseason. Bordick spent two more seasons in Baltimore then one season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003 before retiring with 1,500 hits, including 257 doubles.
Bordick returned to the University of Maine after retiring to complete his Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and physical education. After spending six seasons as a minor league instructor for the Blue Jays Bordick returned to the Orioles in a similar role before transitioning to the broadcast booth. Since 2011 Bordick and Jim Palmer have split duties as color commentator alongside play-by-play voice Gary Thorne. Bordick and his wife, Monica, reside in Ruxton, Maryland with their six children.
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