Biggest thing to surprise me about Mike Bordick? Dude made an All-Star team. Did you know at one point it was accurate to say, “I like the Mets chances now that they’ve traded for All-Star shortstop Mike Bordick.” Weird, right?
Bordick came up with those slugging Oakland teams in the early 1990s. Bordick teamed with Jose Canseco, Ricky Henderson and Mark McGwire as a rookie in 1990 and played on some pretty good teams along the way.
Mike picked up some MVP votes in 1992 even though he didn’t make the All-Star team and didn’t win a Gold Glove. He bashed 3 homers that season and drove in 48…a real offensive explosion.
His finest year came in 2000, when he split time between Baltimore and the Mets and mashed 20 homers, easily a career high. He hung around until 2003 and retired at the age of 37 following the season. He never won an award, yet hung around and was a decent contributor on some very good teams.
Bordick was a woeful postseason player and hit only .148 in 32 career playoff games. Despite his various limitations, Bordick manged to make close to $30M as a big leaguer. He was recently hired by the Baltimore Orioles and will serve as the organizations minor league offensive coordinator, whatever that means.