An Elk Grove High School Graduate, Mike enrolled at Cosumnes River College in the fall on 1973 and competed in baseball for the Chiefs. Coached by Jerry Conway, he was the first CRC baseball player in school history to play in the major leagues.
Mike was born in Sacramento and grew up in Elk Grove. He played Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball in Elk Grove. Mike went on to play Legion Ball in West Sacramento and Senior Babe Ruth League in Elk Grove. He played varsity baseball at Elk Grove High School and graduated in 1973.
At Cosumnes, Mike not only played baseball (1974 & 1975) but he was also a model student. He was on the Honor’s List three of the four semesters he attended CRC. Mike says that he was a late bloomer and didn’t play much his freshman year. However, as a sophomore he was the starting shortstop for the Chiefs and his batting average was .307. He was named to the 1975 All-Valley Conference First Team.
After playing at CRC, Mike received a full baseball scholarship to UC Berkeley but was drafted and signed by the New York Yankees in the 7th round of the 1975 draft. He played two and a half seasons with the Yankees’ minor league organization in Oneonta, New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In June of 1977, Mike was traded to the Houston Astros and assigned to Double A ball in Columbus, GA. It took only one year for Mike to climb from Single A ball in Ft. Lauderdale with the Yankees to the Major League Houston Astros, all at the young age of 21. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in April of 1981 where he played four seasons. (1981- 1985). His career high was with the Indians in 1982 with a batting average of .268 and 21 RBI’s. In December of 1985, Mike was traded back to the Yankees and played a season in NY. In November of 1986, he was granted Free Agency and in April of 1987 he signed with the Atlanta Braves where he played until 1988. Mike spent an impressive ten years as a player in Major League Baseball.
After his playing career was over, Mike managed in the Blue Jay’s Minor League organization for two years from 1989-1990. In 1990, Mike went to work with Sports Agent Scott Boras where he has spent the last 18 years. He is currently the Vice President of the Boras Corporation. Mike has spent the last 34 years in Baseball either as a player, a manager or an agent.
Mike and his wife Christy currently live in Greensboro, Georgia.