01/24/2005 4:20 PM ET
Diamondbacks sign Tony Clark to one-year deal
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced they have signed free agent first baseman Tony Clark to a one-year contract. Consistent with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Clark, a switch-hitter, appeared in 106 games, including 64 starts at first base for the New York Yankees in 2004, hitting .221 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI. Included was his first career three-homer game, while knocking in five
runs, on August 28 in Toronto. It was his 16th career multiple-home run game, third of the '04 campaign. It also marked the eighth time he had homered from both sides of the plate in his career.
The 32-year old Clark began his big league career with Detroit in 1995, playing for seven seasons with the Tigers and earning All-Star status in 2001, his last year in Motown. He then spent the 2002 campaign with Boston, followed by his first stint in the National League in 2003 as a member of the New York Mets. Tony signed with the Yankees as a free agent prior to the 2004 season. He is a career .264 hitter in 1,093 games, with 193 doubles, 191 home runs and 635 RBI. He had three consecutive 30-home run seasons with the Tigers from 1997-99, peaking with 34 roundtrippers in '98 while hitting .291.
A Valley resident, Clark and his wife, Frances, have three children and make their home in Glendale. Tony earned All-American and Academic All-American honors in baseball and basketball during his high school days at Christian High School in El Cajon, Calif. He averaged 43.7 points per game in his senior season, and then began his collegiate baseball and basketball career at the University of Arizona. He transferred to San Diego State to finish up his
basketball career and education. Clark was Detroit's first pick (second overall) in the 1990 First Year Player Draft.