Mark Newman (baseball)

Mark Ryan Newman (April 20, 1949 – September 12, 2020)[2] was an American professional baseball executive. He served as the senior vice president of baseball operations for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball and spent 26 years in high-level player development and player personnel posts with their organization. He first joined the Yankees in 1989 after 18 years as a college baseball pitching and head coach.

Mark Newman
Born(1949-04-20)April 20, 1949
DiedSeptember 12, 2020(2020-09-12) (aged 71)
Alma materSouthern Illinois University
OccupationBaseball executive
Years active1989–2014

Early careerEdit

Newman was born in 1949.[3] After graduating from high school in Wheeling, Illinois, Newman attended Southern Illinois University, where he played college baseball as a pitcher and second baseman for the Southern Illinois Salukis.[4] He then embarked on his coaching career, first as pitching coach at Southern Illinois from 1972 through 1980, then as head baseball coach at Old Dominion University (ODU) from 1981–89.[3] In nine seasons at ODU, Newman's teams compiled a win–loss record of 321–167–3,[3] won one league championship, and advanced to four conference finals and two NCAA baseball regionals. He was named Coach of the Year in the Sun Belt Conference and in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1985 and 1987.[5]

Newman earned a law degree from Southern Illinois University in 1978.[3][6] He was inducted into the halls of fame of both Southern Illinois (2000) and Old Dominion (1997) universities.[7]

New York YankeesEdit

After the 1989 college season, Newman was appointed the Yankees' coordinator of minor league instruction, serving in that role through 1996 before his promotion to vice president, player development and scouting. During Newman's first decade with the Yankees, the team's farm system produced the core of its Joe Torre-era dynasty that won four world championships in five seasons: Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, and others.[8] He was promoted in 2000 to senior vice president of baseball operations.[9] In 2010, Minor League Baseball selected him as the winner of the Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award, which honors individuals for their distinguished service in player development.[7][10]

Newman retired from the Yankees at the conclusion of the 2014 season.[8][11]

DeathEdit

On September 12, 2020, the New York Post announced that Newman died. A person familiar with the situation said Newman died in his sleep.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ American Press
  2. ^ "Mark Newman Obituary".
  3. ^ a b c d Biography from 2007 Michigan speaking appearance Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Wheeling (IL) High School Athletics Hall of Fame". Web.archive.org. April 26, 2012. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "Former ODU Head Baseball Coach and ODU Sports Hall of Famer Mark Newman, Dies at 71". Old Dominion University.
  6. ^ Bode, Gus. "Former Saluki remembers his roots in success".
  7. ^ a b New York Yankees 2011 Media Guide at scribd.com
  8. ^ a b Waldstein, David (September 16, 2014). "Longtime Yankees Executive Is Retiring". The New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "Mark Newman, oversaw Yankees' prospects, dead at 71". Sports.yahoo.com. February 15, 2008. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  10. ^ MiLB.com, Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award winners
  11. ^ York, MARK FEINSAND in Baltimore, BILL MADDEN in New. "Source: Mark Newman, the exec in charge of Yankees' minor-league system, plans to retire". nydailynews.com.; King, George A. (September 12, 2014). "New York Post, 2014-09-12". Nypost.com. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Davidoff, Ken. "Mark Newman, who helped spearhead Yankees dynasty, dead at 71". Nypost.com. Retrieved September 12, 2020.