Sunday, October 23, 2011
#638) MARK LITTLE
Mark Little came to the New York Mets when he was traded along with John Thomson from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jay Payton, Mark Corey, and Robert Stratton on July 31, 2002. The deal was made to bolster a club in contention for the National League Wild Card spot.
Mark made his debut with the Mets the next day at Shea Stadium. He came on as a pinch-hitter and grounded out to the pitcher in the sixth-inning of a 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros. The 30-year-old outfielder was used in the same reserve role during both games of a double-header on August 3rd. He would go hitless in both at-bats, and see New York swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Mets designated Little for assignment on August 4th to allow for the recall of Ty Wigginton. After clearing waivers and being assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, he was later traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for P.J. Bevis on August 16, 2002.
Following his playing career, Little became the minor-league roving outfield and baserunning coordinator for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007. He left baseball the next year to become a district sales manager for Pegasus Biologics. Mark remained in the surgical sales field moving to Gulf Coast Surgical Services in 2010.
I created Mark Little's card in the set from an autographed index card purchased from Jack Smalling in January of 2009.