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Mark Teahen
20110805-0921 Mark Teahen.jpg
Teahen with the Toronto Blue Jays
Free agent
Third baseman / Right fielder
Born: (1981-09-06) September 6, 1981 (age 32)
Redlands, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 4, 2005 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through 2011 Season)
Batting average .264
Home runs 67
Runs batted in 332
Teahen with the Kansas City Royals in 2009.

Mark Thomas Teahen (born September 6, 1981) is an American-Canadian professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent.

He graduated from Yucaipa High School in 1999 and attended St. Mary's College in California. Teahen was drafted 39th overall in the 2002 draft by the Oakland Athletics with a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds. He was one of the featured players in the book Moneyball, which claimed that he had the potential to become the next Jason Giambi.

Prior to the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Teahen, whose father was born in St. Marys, Ontario, became a naturalized Canadian citizen and played for Team Canada in that event. In 2011, Teahen and Brett Lawrie both started in the infield for the Blue Jays, marking the first time the squad had two Canadians in its starting lineup.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

Oakland traded him to Kansas City in 2004, along with Mike Wood, as part of a three-way trade that sent Carlos Beltran to the Houston Astros, Octavio Dotel from the Astros to the Athletics, and John Buck from the Astros to the Royals. Although he had been one of the most highly regarded prospects in the Oakland organization, he became available when the Athletics were able to sign Eric Chavez to a long-term contract.

Royals management did not expect Teahen to make the opening-day roster in 2005; however, after hitting .344 in spring training and after injuries sidelined potential third basemen Chris Truby and Chris Clapinski, the Royals announced Teahen would be their regular third baseman for 2005, and he made his major-league debut on April 4, 2005.

His first hit was a triple and he hit 4 homers in his last 17 games of 2005. Teahen hit .240 in his rookie season with KC. He had the lowest fielding percentage of all third basemen in the league, .947, and the lowest zone rating of all major league third basemen (.706).

In 2006, he hit .290 with 18 home runs and 69 RBIs. During July, he raised his performance level with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs during the 38 games ending August 2. He continued to hit well, but suffered an injury and had to have season-ending surgery on September 8.

Going into the 2007 season, Teahen moved from third base to right field because of the arrival of young prospect Alex Gordon.[2] His HR total dropped alarmingly to only 7 homers, after hitting 18 the year prior. During the 2008 season, he hit two inside-the-park home runs (leading the majors), bringing his total for 2008 to 14 HRs.[3]

While in Kansas City, Teahen was a spokesman and fundraiser for a program that gave children with physical or mental challenges the chance to play baseball. Since Teahen obtained dual Canadian-American citizenship in 2005,[4] he was able to play for the Canadian team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[5] In 2009, he hit .271 with a career-high 34 doubles, 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 144 games with Kansas City. He made 99 starts at third base, 31 in right field and three at second.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On November 5, 2009, Teahen was traded by the Royals to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields.[6] He later received the 2009 Hutch Award for his efforts on and off the field.[7]

On December 8, Teahen and the White Sox agreed to a three-year, $14 million deal.[8]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On July 27, 2011, Teahen was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays with Edwin Jackson for Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart.[9] The Blue Jays designated him for assignment on January 9, 2012. He was released on January 17. In his one season with the Blue Jays, Teahen played in 27 games, mostly as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement, and hit .190 with 1 home run and 3 RBI.


Teahen signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on February 6, 2012. Teahen spent the 2012 season with the Nationals Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs. According to the International League transactions page, Teahen declared free agency on November 2, 2012.

On November 26, 2012, Teahen signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He started the 2013 season with the Reno Aces, but was released by the Diamondbacks at his request on May 20.[10]

The Texas Rangers signed Teahen to a minor league deal on May 23, 2013,[11] [12] and assigned him to the Triple-A Round Rock Express. He was released on June 3, 2013.[13]

On June 17, 2013 he signed a contract to play for the York Revolution in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[14]

Teahen signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on February 15, 2014. This contract did not include an invitation to major league spring training.[15] He was released on March 19.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Mark married Lauren McClain on December 31, 2010. They were expecting their first child in 2012.[17] They also had three dogs, Espy, Ribi, and Ricki B. Espy has an account on Twitter.[18]


  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Sean. "Jays’ Lawrie ruled out for Pan Am Games". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mark Teahen: Fantasy Baseball". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-06-29. [dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/2008-situational-batting.shtml
  4. ^ Hornby, Lance (2005-05-11). "A closet Canuck". Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  5. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/ctvnews/?id=263921
  6. ^ Merkin, Scott. White Sox acquire Teahen from Royals, Chicago White Sox. Published November 6, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  7. ^ Kaegel, Dick. Teahen tabbed for Hutch Award, Chicago White Sox. Published November 30, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  8. ^ Sox, Teahen agree to three-year deal, Daily Herald. Published December 8, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  9. ^ Nowak, Joey. "White Sox send Jackson to Blue Jays for Frasor". MLB.com. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Diamondbacks release infielder Mark Teahen". May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rangers put Derek Lowe on waivers, sign Mark Teahen to minor league deal". dallasnews.com. May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ Tesfatsion, Master (May 23, 2013). "Texas releases Lowe, inks Teahen to Minors deal". MLB.com. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ Calcaterra, Craig (June 3, 2013). "Mark Teahen released". NBCSports.com. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Mark Teahen Signs With York Revolution
  15. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (February 15, 2014). "Giants sign former St. Mary's star Mark Teahen". csnbayarea.com. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ Somers, Aaron (March 19, 2014). "San Francisco Giants release Mark Teahen". Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ Twitter - ESPY_TEAHEN
  18. ^ Twitter - ESPY_TEAHEN twitter.com

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