Mark Grudzielanek Introduced as Charlotte Knights New Manager
CHARLOTTE, NC- Mark Grudzielanek was introduced today as the 21st manager in Charlotte Knights history. He enters his first season in the White Sox organization after spending the last two years in the Arizona Diamondbacks player development system.
As a manager in 2015, he guided the Kane County Cougars (Single-A) to an 84-54 record and a postseason berth. Last season, the Milwaukee, WI native served as assistant coordinator in Arizona’s system.
Originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 11th round of the 1991 draft, Grudzielanek played for six teams over his illustrious 15-year big league career, including the Expos (1995-98), Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2002), Chicago Cubs (2003-2004), St. Louis Cardinals (2005), Kansas City Royals (2006-2008), and Cleveland Indians (2010).
In 1996, while playing for the Expos, Grudzielanek hit .306 in 153 games. He was a National League All-Star that season. In 2006 as a member of the Royals, Grudzielanek was awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove at second base. He appeared in 1,802 major league games over the course of his career and compiled a .289 batting average with 2,040 hits, 391 doubles, 90 home runs, 640 RBIs, and 133 stolen bases