MASN announced Thursday that they have added Mike Bordick as a color analyst on their Baltimore Orioles broadcast team. Bordick will join Jim Palmer as the network’s analysts for Orioles games and will be paired with play-by-play announcers Gary Thorne or Jim Hunter for approximately 80 games during the 2012 season.
A 2011 inductee into the Orioles Hall of Fame, Bordick played for the Orioles for six seasons from 1997-2002. One of the best defensive players in club history, Bordick has the third-highest fielding percentage (.982) among shortstops with at least 1,000 games played in major league history, trailing only Omar Vizquel (.985) and Jimmy Rollins (.984).
In his 2002 season with the Orioles, Bordick had the best defensive season for a shortstop in major league history, setting a record for highest fielding percentage (.998), fewest errors (1), consecutive errorless games (110), fielding chances per game (4.9) and consecutive errorless chances (543). Bordick led AL shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage and 797 total chances in 1999 with the Orioles, a year in which he also led the AL in batting average against left-handed pitching (.406). Bordick’s 14-year major league career also included time with the Oakland A’s (1990-96), New York Mets (2000) and Toronto Blue Jays (2003). He batted .260 with 1,500 hits in his career, including .260 (674-2592) in 739 games with the Orioles.
Originally signed by the A’s as a non-drafted free agent after playing in the Cape Cod League in 1986, Bordick was on Oakland’s active roster for the 1990 World Series but did not appear in a game. He also played in the 2000 World Series with the New York Mets after being traded from the Orioles that July and was named to the American League All-Star team that year as well.
Bordick played three years at the University of Maine, where he led the Bears to College World Series berths in 1984 and 1986. He spent the past two seasons as Coordinator of Offensive Fundamentals for the Orioles’ minor league system.
Bordick and his wife, Monica, reside in Ruxton, Maryland with their six children.