Gibbs Signs with Orioles
Posted: June 26, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Mark Gibbs, a senior shortstop on the George Mason baseball team this spring, has signed a free-agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Gibbs, who left this month to join the Sarasota (Florida) Orioles in the Gulf Coast League, is the second George Mason player to sign as a free agent this year. Senior third-baseman Greg Filson recently signed with the Boston Red Sox and was assigned to the Lowell (Massachusetts) Spinners of the New York-Penn League.
Gibbs was one of the most consistent performers for the Patriots in 2000. He batted .317, with 12 doubles, 5 home runs, 29 runs batted in, and 14 stolen bases, while starting 55 of George Mason’s 56 games. Gibbs led the Patriots in being hit by pitch 12 times, tied for second on the team in doubles and stolen bases, tied for third in home runs, ranked fourth in batting with 44 runs, and was sixth in runs batted in. He also had a .922 fielding percentage as shortstop.
A starter from midway through his freshman season, Gibbs is prominent in the George Mason record books. For his career, he ranks third in games played (200), fourth in games started (191), fifth in hits (208) and at bats (693), ties for seventh in being hit by pitch (17), and ranks eighth in doubles (40) and runs (134). He also had 17 home runs and 107 runs batted in.