Saves leader Marksbury closes career
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May 30, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The most prolific relief pitcher in the history of the Rockford RiverHawks won’t earn another save.

Two-time Frontier League all-star Mike Marksbury, the RiverHawks’ all-time saves leader, announced Friday that he has retired from professional baseball.

Marksbury, with 28 saves in three seasons with the RiverHawks, was the Frontier League’s active career saves leader. Marksbury was one save from matching Kurt Fullenkamp for fifth on the all-time Frontier League list.

“The guy did a great job for us and he has some personal issues to take care of at home that are more important,” owner and director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said. “We respect that and understand that he’s willing to make that sacrifice.”

Marksbury recently married the former Shylah Roberts.

Marksbury was 0-1 with two saves and a 13.50 earned-run average in four appearances this season. Last year, he had no record, 14 saves, one shy of Josh Latimer’s single-season team record, a 1.33 ERA, 32 strikeouts and just eight hits in 20 1/3 innings at the all-star break. The Milwaukee Brewers signed him at midseason and he finished the year with Brevard County of the high Class A Florida State League, where he was 2-0 with a 9.88 ERA in a setup role.

Marksbury, who pitched for Florence in 2004-05, recorded all of his career saves with Rockford. He had a career record of 5-2 and a 5.88 ERA.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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