Major League Debut
Goldpanner #189 to MLB
On top of pile . . . on top of world
Utility infielder Mike Cervenak (98) had his first big-league hit during the Phillies' championship season of 2008, but that wasn't his favorite memory. "My favorite memory was jumping on the pile after Game 5 of the World Series," said Cervenak, 32, whose first pro contract was in the Frontier League in 1999. "To come from independent-league ball to be part of a world-championship team was even more memorable than my first hit." Cervenak was on top of the celebratory pile, and he has a souvenir picture of it. "I was one of the later guys to get out there," he said. "Me and Greg Golson slapped five, hugged, and ran out there."
2006: Began the season with the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization, hitting .224... Returned to the U.S. and signed a minor league contract with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies in the San Francisco Giants organization...Played 68 games with Fresno, appearing primarily at third base and first base... 245 of his 269 at-bats came while batting third or fourth in the lineup...Finished fourth on the club with 53 RBI despite not appearing in a game until June 26...Hit .316 (18-for-57) against left-handed pitching...Hit safely in 12 of his first 13 games, hitting .413 (19-for-46) with two home runs and nine RBI...Had a season-high four hits on July 17 vs. Salt Lake City, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored...Had 20 RBI in 28 July games, and 29 RBI in 31 games in August...His 29 RBI in August tied with Round Rocks J.R. House and Portlands Terrmel Sledge for the Pacific Coast League lead...Played eight games for Cardinales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .259 (7-for-27) with six RBI. BACKGROUND: Michael Christopher Cervenak was signed by the Orioles as a minor league free agent on November 3, 2006...Originally signed with Chillicothe in the Independent Northern League, and had his contract purchased by the Yankees on July 17, 2000...The Oakland Athletics took him with their final pick of the 1998 amateur draft, in the 43rd round, but he did not sign...Graduated from Divine Child (Dearborn, MI) High School...Graduated from University of Michigan in 1999 with a degree in Movement Science...3-time All-Big Ten selection...Led Wolverines to 1997 Big Ten title, then garnered All-Regional accolades as the team advanced to the College World Series.