Mike Macfarlane
Mike MacFarlane Royals.jpg
Catcher
Born: (1964-04-12) April 12, 1964 (age 58)
Stockton, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 23, 1987, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1999, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.252
Home runs129
Runs batted in514
Teams

Michael Andrew Macfarlane (born April 12, 1964) is an American former professional baseball player. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals (1987–1994, 1996–1998), Boston Red Sox (1995), and Oakland Athletics (1998–1999).

Early life

Macfarlane graduated from Lincoln High School in Stockton, California in 1982. He played collegiate baseball for Santa Clara University before his selection in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 1985 draft.

Career

In 1988, Macfarlane became the first Royals rookie catcher to start on Opening Day since Ellie Rodríguez in 1969. In 1992, he led Kansas City with 17 home runs and a .445 slugging percentage. In 1994, he became the Royals leader in all-time games caught, surpassing a club record set by John Wathan.

In a 13-season major league career, Macfarlane posted a .252 batting average with 129 home runs and 514 runs batted in in 1,164 games played. He is ranked 64th all-time among American League catchers with a .992 fielding percentage while throwing out 33% of potential basestealers. His 97 hit by pitches ranks him 100th on the MLB all-time list.