Revolution sign 10-year MLB vet & York resident Mark Hendrickson
The York Revolution has announced the signing of pitcher Mark Hendrickson to the 2014 pre-season roster. The 39-year-old southpaw is a veteran of 328 Major League games, and 166 big league starts with the Blue Jays, Rays, Dodgers, Marlins and Orioles.
Despite his significant starting experience, Hendrickson will likely come out of the Revolution bullpen, with spot-starting duty a possibility. He last played in the Majors with Baltimore from 2009 to 2011. Hendrickson has been used by each of his organizations as a hybrid starter/reliever. Last season he re-upped with the Orioles, appearing out of Triple-A Norfolk’s bullpen for 40 games.
Hendrickson made his MLB debut in 2002 with the Toronto Blue Jays, splitting that season between the Majors and Triple-A. Once he started 30 games for Toronto in 2003, it set the left-hander on a streak where he played in the Majors nine consecutive seasons with Tampa Bay (’04-’06), Los Angeles (’06-’07) and Florida (2008) before signing with the Orioles.
Between 2004 and 2010, Hendrickson spent every moment of those seasons on a Major League roster, appearing in 274 big league games. He made a career-high 31 starts for Tampa Bay in 2005, and in 2009 made a career-high 53 appearances with Baltimore (11 starts). Hendrickson has 58 career wins and 666 strikeouts on his MLB resume, and has also appeared in an additional 169 minor league games (56 starts).
A native of Washington State, Hendrickson has significant family ties to York County, and makes a home in York in addition to the Pacific Northwest. A two-sport star and alum of Washington State University, at 6’9” Hendrickson was first a professional athlete as an NBA power forward, after being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996 as the 31st overall pick. Between 1996 and 2000, Hendrickson played in 114 NBA games with Philadelphia (’96-’97), the Sacramento Kings (’97-’98), the New Jersey Nets (’98-’99) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (’99-’00).
After four NBA seasons he elected to focus on baseball, and began playing in the Blue Jays minor league system in 1998 at High-A and Double-A during the NBA offseason while still an active player. By the 2001 season, slated for Triple-A and identified as a Major League talent, Hendrickson retired from basketball and made his big league debut in August of 2002. He was originally selected by Toronto in the 20th round of the 1997 draft.
While with the Blue Jays, Hendrickson was a teammate of York Revolution mainstay Corey Thurman in 2002 and 2003, then a Toronto reliever who appeared in 49 games with the club over those two seasons. Ironically 11 years later, the pair stands as the only two off-season York residents on the Revolution roster.