Where is Mark Grant Today? Grant’s Journey from an MLB Pitcher to a Color Commentator
When it comes to American baseball then we can’t go past without mentioning Mark Grant or Mud as he is famously called during his professional career. His career as an MLB pro pitcher started from 1981 until his retirement in 1996, after which he remained a major part of the baseball world as a sports broadcaster.
How much do you know about Mud? One of the top MLB pitchers of the 1980s and 90s, and has played for various major teams during his baseball career. Let’s learn more about him.
What Happened to Mark Grant aka Mud?
Grant was born Mark Andrew Grant on October 24, 1963, in Illinois, famously goes by his professional name Mud, and is a well-known name in the baseball world, for his various achievements throughout his sports career in the 80s and 90s.
Grant’s first professional career began when he was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the first-round pick in 1981 and became part of the MLB during which he was a student of Joliet Catholic High School, Illinois.
He played for the Giants as the starting pitcher from 1984 to 1987 after which he went to play for the team San Diego Padres, where he stayed from 1987 to 1990. While playing for the Padres he had marked a career peak with eight wins and a 3.33 ERA, in 1987 which records one of his successful phases during his time with the Padres.
After San Diego Padres, he played in other major leagues with the various teams including Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, and Colorado Rockies till 1994, when he took a break from playing as a pitcher and anchored a sports radio show KFMB-AM. After he came back to playing, he played briefly for teams like the Chicago Cubs and Uni-president Lions and officially declared his retirement in 1996.
Mark Grant’s Broadcasting Career
After his retirement, he still played a major part in the baseball world by working as a broadcaster for various sports shows and events. Broadcasting is considered as his another hallmark career in the sports world along with him being a ranked pitcher. His debut as the baseball broadcaster began with the Prime Sports Network in the Padres broadcast in 1996.
After this, he then joined Channel 4 San Diego in 1997, where he partnered with various other sports anchors like M.Vasgersian, Tony Gwynn, Dick Enberg, and many others. Here his pairing with Matt Vasgersian will always be the fan’s favorite as both the play-by-play announcer together always make their show entertaining with their peculiar way of commentary and humor.
During his time as a rising sports commentator, he has created a trademark phrase, famous amongst baseball fans “That’s some kinda nice”, that he always uses to describe everything good and well.
Grant was later 2012, transferred to the new regional launched network under the Padres broadcast Fox Sports San Diego, and was partnered with another renowned announcer Dick Enberg until his retirement in 2016.
Mark Grant now partnered with Don Orsillo and continued to win the Padre’s fan heart through his peculiar colorful commentary and sense of humor for every show he broadcast for the Padres.
Where is Mark Grant Today?
Grant the MLB former pitcher has gained many achievements in his professional baseball career but now he is even more known in the baseball world for being the most well-liked Padres analyst of all time. So, where is he now and what is Mark Grant doing now?
Let’s know the current details about him.
Mark Grant now is currently working as a color analyst for the Padres sports broadcasting network, he has been a part of the Padres broadcasting since his debut as a broadcaster.
Coming to his family life, Grant is in a happy married life to his wife Mary for 30 years now and they have a daughter Alexia, and two sons Andrew and Aiden, the family lives in the Alpine.
Grant along with his wife has been involved in the community and charitable work like the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of San Diego, has become Grant’s family as he has been a trusted associate since 1987.
The couple also serves as major members of the Down Syndrome Association of San Diego and many other educational centers supporting disabled adults. Grants has also been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine since 1997, where he organized the yearly Curly Collier memorial golf tournament.
Grant 58, last year walked long miles from Alpine to Petco, which is regarded as a walk for charity, as the money raised by it is given to support the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. During his charity walk, many people tag along with him including his wife Mary. His long mile walk was originally based on a promise he made on tv during a baseball match where he said,
“Padres come back and win this one, I’m walking from Alpine to Petco.”
This is how he made a promise which led to the charity’s long walk of 13.7 miles which gained attention from many to help support his charity.