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Brad Marcelino

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Bradley Marcelino

Biographical Information[edit]

Brad Marcelino was a long-time member of the British national team since 1999. He is the son of Oscar Marcelino, a former national team player.

Marcelino was born in Great Britain and lived there until he was 11. At age 8, he made his TV debut during a visit by Ernie Banks and Bobby Bonds to the country. Brad then moved to California, where he played his high school and college ball. He made his debut for the British national squad in Parma, Italy 1999 European Championship at the age of 17, going 5 for 16. In the 2001 European Championship, he hit .346/.433/.423 with 6 runs in 7 games, earning him a spot on the All-Tournament outfield. In the 2003 European Championship, Brad was 2 for 14 with 2 walks and a double. He spent that season in the Hoofdklasse, after signing with Almere. He hit .333/.417/.333 for Britain in the 2005 European Championship while playing error-free defense; only Ian Young had a higher average for the team or more hits. His 5 RBI were one behind team leader Aeden McQueary-Ennis.

Marcelino was Britain's worst regular in the 2007 European Championship, going 3 for 20 with 2 walks and a double for the Silver Medal winners; he split center field duties with Darren Heath. In the 2009 Baseball World Cup he competed against International powerhouses such as Cuba, Japan, Venezuela, Korea and Puerto Rico. He went 2 for 11 with two walks as a backup outfielder. Marcelino participated in the 2010 European Championship in Germany where he hit .389 for Team GB, second on the club behind Matt McGraw.

Marcelino participated in the 2011 European Championship Qualifier in Israel where Great Britain won the tournament qualifying for the 2012 European Championship in Holland. Marcelino lead Team GB with a .533 batting average, two doubles, 4 walks and a .619 OBP. He slugged .667 and scored 7 runs in five games. He had one outfield assist and no errors. He was second in the qualifier in average, tied third in slugging, led in OBP, was third in runs (one behind Aaron Hornostaj and Oren Gal), third in hits (behind Hornostaj and Eitan Maoz), tied for second in doubles (one behind Alon Leichman) and 4th in total bases (trailing Hornostaj, Maoz and tourney MVP Aeden McQueary-Ennis). He was especially productive in Britain's games against runner-up Israel, going 3 for 3 with 3 runs in the initial 8-6 win and 2 for 4 with a double and a run in the 5-2 clincher to enable Britain to advance. He was 0 for 1 in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers and coached for Britain in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers.

When he retired, he had participated in the most European Championships among British players (7). Through 2018, he was among British team career leaders in games (1st, 57, 20 more than McQueary-Ennis), runs (29, tied for 1st with Mark Vickers), hits (45, 2nd, 4 behind Young), doubles (5, tied for 9th with Vickers) and RBI (23, 3rd behind Young and Sam Wiley). He made the British Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018, 2 years after his father; the other inductee that year was also from a family with a prior inductee (Ron Marshall, grandfather of Gavin Marshall).

Marcelino signed with the Melville Braves in Western Australia. He also attended Cleveland Indians spring training in 2004.

Post Playing Career[edit]

Marcelino was a coach at La Costa Canyon High School from 2009-2011 and an associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles for at least part of this time. He joined the University of San Diego coaching staff in the fall of 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach and Director of Baseball Operations. After two years he was promoted to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and he stayed in these roles through the 2018 season. As the hitting coach, he saw five of his proteges drafted in the first 100 picks from 2013-2017 - (Kris Bryant (#2 pick – Chicago Cubs), Connor Joe (39th pick – Pittsburgh Pirates), Kyle Holder (30th pick – New York Yankees), Bryson Brigman ((87th pick - Seattle Mariners), Riley Adams (99th pick - Toronto Blue Jays). Two of those 1st rounders were previously undrafted out of high school. He was a private instructor from 2018-2021 and is the Founder of the North County Mavericks Mavericks High School/College Prep Baseball Program. He was named head coach for Torrey Pines High School in the fall of 2019 but it is unclear how long he held this position.

Marcelino coached for Britain in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifier, 2019 European Championship, and 2021 European Championship, and 2023 World Baseball Classic.

Marcelino joined the Seattle Mariners' organization as hitting coach of the Tacoma Rainiers in 2022-2023. He moved to the Arizona Diamondbacks' chain as hitting coach of the Visalia Rawhide in 2024.

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