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Mark William Ellis (born June 6, 1977, in ) is a Major League Baseball second baseman, currently playing for the Oakland Athletics.

Early career

Ellis attended the University of Floridamarker and was a ninth-round selection by the Kansas City Royals in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He was acquired by the A's along with outfielder Johnny Damon and pitcher Cory Lidle in a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Ben Grieve, shortstop Angel Berroa, and catcher A.J. Hinch.

Major league career

Ellis made his major-league debut in , batting .272 in 98 games. He followed by hitting .248 the following season, but missed the entire season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder resulting from a collision with shortstop Bobby Crosby in a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs. In , he returned to the Athletics and had a successful season, leading the team in batting average (.316), on base percentage (.384), and slugging average (.477) as the team's regular second baseman.

On May 14, 2006, Ellis was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat as part of the Mother's Day Strikeout Challenge benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In , Ellis broke Bret Boone's single-season American League record for a second baseman with a .99685 fielding percentage, although the Gold Glove Award went to the Royals' Mark Grudzielanek.

Ellis missed most of the A's 2006 post-season due to a hand injury suffered during Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins.

On June 4, , Ellis became only the sixth player in Oakland Athletics history to hit for the cycle. On July 23, 2007, he had his first career multi-home run game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On August 5, 2007, he tied the A's team record for consecutive error-less games by a second baseman at 70 games.

On March 25, , in the MLB season opener in Tokyomarker, Japanmarker, Ellis hit a solo home run off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first inning of a game the Red Sox would eventually win 6-5.

He has a career batting average of .257 and holds the major league record for the most career home runs by a player born in South Dakotamarker (70, through the end of the 2008 season).

Ellis missed the last two months of the season due to cartilage damage in his shoulder. He underwent successful surgery that also fixed a torn labrum from a previous injury. He is expected to be cleared to play second base on March 25, though he is cleared to DH before then.

In October 2008, the Athletics signed Ellis to an US$11 million contract through 2010, with an option of extending the deal an additional season.

Personal life

Ellis is married with two children: wife's name is Sarah, a son named Briggs, who was born in the same week of June 2007 that Ellis hit for the cycle, and a daughter named Addy, born July 2, 2009.

Statistics

Year Ag Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GDP SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2002 25 OAK AL 98 345 58 94 16 4 6 35 136 44 1 54 8 3 4 3 4 2 .272 .359 .394 .753
2003 26 OAK AL 154 553 78 137 31 5 9 52 205 48 4 94 9 5 7 7 6 2 .248 .313 .371 .684
2005 28 OAK AL 122 434 76 137 21 5 13 52 207 44 1 51 4 0 4 10 1 3 .316 .384 .477 .861
2006 29 OAK AL 124 441 64 110 25 1 11 52 170 40 1 76 4 7 8 13 4 0 .249 .319 .385 .704
2007 30 OAK AL 150 583 84 161 33 3 19 76 257 44 1 94 2 3 10 10 9 4 .276 .336 .441 .777
2008 31 OAK AL 117 442 55 103 20 3 12 41 165 53 2 65 5 2 5 11 14 2 .233 .321 .373 .694
Totals: 765 2,798 415 742 146 21 70 308 1,140 273 10 434 32 20 38 54 38 13 .265 .337 .407 .744
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