Former Major League Baseball starting pitcher
Mike is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and son of Michael James Bacsik, who pitched in the majors from 1975-1980. He is particularly notable for giving up Barry Bonds' 756th career home run, which broke the all-time record formerly held by Hank Aaron.
Bacsik was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round (543rd overall) in the 1996 Major League Baseball draft. Mike has played for New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Texas Rangers organizations.
On August 7, 2007, Bacsik sealed his name to baseball history as he gave up career home run number 756 to Barry Bonds, who broke a 33-year-old record previously held by Hank Aaron. During the post-home run celebration, Bacsik tipped his cap to Bonds in a gesture of respect. Bacsik visited the Giants clubhouse to personally congratulate Bonds on his achievement and Bonds gave Bacsik an autographed bat that read: "To Mike, God Bless. Barry Bonds.”
Coincidentally, Bacsik's father had faced Aaron (as a pitcher for the Texas Rangers) after Aaron had hit his 755th home run. On August 23, 1976, Michael James Bacsik held Aaron to a single and a fly out to right field. The younger Bacsik commented later, "If my dad had been gracious enough to let Hank Aaron hit a home run, we both would have given up 756."
Mike currently serves as a color analyst for selected college baseball games on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports. He currently serves as co-host on the Dallas/Ft. Worth radio station KRLD 105.3 The Fan show "G-Bag Nation".
Former Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians
I was a member of 1994 CDO State Championship team. Attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas (1996, 97) Academic All-American. Attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1998, 99) and was an All-Conference USA selection both years. Won 14 straight Conference games. Non-Drafted free agent signed by Cleveland Indians in November 1999. Named Indians Bob Feller Minor League Pitcher of the Year (2000), I made my major league debut with the Indians in 2003 against the Minnesota Twins. First Major League win came against Toronto Blue Jays. Was a member of TEAM USA 2001, 2003. Won Silver Medal and Best World Pitcher 2001 In World Cup. Played 8 straight seasons for the Buffalo Bisons (AAA Club for Indians starting 2001).
In 2009, I started working for SportsTime Ohio and WKYC (NBC). 2011 started working as the Indians Pre and Post game Analyst. 2013 started working for Fox Sports continuing in same role as 2011. I currently own Stanford Baseball Academy and SBA Aces Non-Profit baseball program.