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Enters his first year as Orioles pitching coach after serving the last two years as a special assistant in the player development department of the Texas Rangers...Prior to becoming a special assistant, Connor served as Texas' pitching coach for three years (2006-08) and their bullpen coach for three years (2003-05)...Spent the 2001 and first half of the 2002 season as the Blue Jays' pitching coach before resigning after manager Buck Martinez' dismissal on June 5, 2002...Spent three years as the Diamondbacks' pitching coach (1998-2000) and watched his 1999 staff post the second best team ERA (3.77) and Randy Johnson earn consecutive Cy Young Awards in 1999 and 2000...Connor originally joined the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as pitching coordinator for the 1996 and 1997 seasons before becoming the pitching coach, scouting and preparing for the club's expansion draft and inaugural season...Prior to joining the Diamondbacks, Connor served a two-year stint as the Double-A pitching coach for the Blue Jays (1994-95)...Spent 13 of the previous 15 years from 1979-93 as a coach in the Yankees organization, including three stints as the pitching coach for the Bronx Bombers...Spent 1988-89 as the head baseball coach and the 1974-78 seasons as pitching coach at the University of Tennessee, where he helped produce future major leaguers Rick Honeycutt, Greg McMichael and Mike Smithson.


Pitched for two years in the Minnesota Twins farm system (1971-72) before an arm injury ended his career...Struck out 108 batters in 109 innings as a professional.


Mark and his wife, Katie, have three children, Jennie (9/14/76), Shannon (2/8/79) and Ryan (1/24/85)...Graduated from Manhattan College in 1972 and earned his masters degree from the University of Tennessee in 1975...Played two years of baseball at Manhattan College and received a Topps Award as a College All-Star in 1971...Struck out 20 batters in a game against Columbia University...Also attended Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC for two years...Is a 1967 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY...Was the head baseball coach at the University of Tennessee from 1988-89 and was the pitching coach for the Volunteers from 1974-78.

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