Baseball Player Mark Lemke

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on April 6, 2003

What is Mark Lemke, formerly of the Atlanta Braves, doing now?
—Robert and Rachel S., North Carolina

The 37-year-old former Brave, nicknamed Dirt for his scrappy playing style, left professional baseball in 1998 after a season with the Boston Red Sox. He returned to Atlanta, where his career began, and opened a business called Hardball Warehouse. The business instructs young athletes on the finer points of our national pastime. In addition to giving hitting lessons, he provides his expertise to the company's newsletter and virtual university. Former Braves players Greg McMichael and Terry Pendleton also are involved in the business. Lemke also does baseball analysis on various radio programs and is well known in Atlanta for his charity work. The Utica, N.Y., native was a relatively unknown player for the Braves until 1991, when he replaced injured second baseman Jeff Treadway at the end of the season. His hitting and fielding helped the team make it to the World Series, and he became a fan favorite.