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Mark Alan Lemke

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Mark Lemke played second base on Atlanta Braves teams in the 1990's that were consistently division winners. He was popular with Braves fans and was nicknamed "the Lemmer".

Born in Utica, NY, he was drafted out of high school by the Braves in the 27th round.

He was in the minors from 1983-89, usually hitting for a modest average. His best was at Single A Durham in the Carolina League in 1987, when he hit .292/~.367/.485.

He had two cups of coffee in the majors in 1988-89, and then in 1990-91 he played a role on the team and gradually won the second base job away from Jeff Treadway. 1991 was the first of the dominant Braves teams. In 1992, he became the starter at second base.

His best year as a hitter was 1994, when he put up numbers of .294/.363/.363.

He appeared in four World Series, and hit .417 in the 1991 Series. In the games he started, he typically batted seventh in the lineup.

His entire career was with the Braves, except for 31 games in 1998 when he closed out his career with the Boston Red Sox.

Incredibly, Lemke went his entire career without being hit by a pitch, holding the record for most career plate appearances without a HBP.

According to similarity scores, the most similar player is infielder Wayne Causey from the 1950's and 1960's.

He now works as a radio sports show host.

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