Mark David Canha is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. 

Mark Canha : Mets, walk up song, trade, contract

Canha attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. In 2007, his senior year, he batted .440 with 11 home runs.

Mark Canha : Mets, walk up song, trade, contract

 Mark Canha
            Born: February 15, 1989 (age 33)               
San Jose, California
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

After graduating from high school, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he played college baseball for the California Golden Bears baseball team.

In 2009, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

In 2010, his junior season, he hit .319 with ten home runs and 69 runs batted in (RBIs) in 54 games.

The Colorado Rockies chose Canha in the 2014 Rule 5 draft from the Marlins, and then traded him to the Athletics for Austin House.

Mark Canha Mets

On November 30, 2021, Canha signed with the New York Mets on a two-year deal worth $26.5 million, with an option for a third year.

Canha said he signed with the Mets because he “was ready for the big stage and New York’s a big stage” and he wanted “to show the world what [he] can do.”

Mark Canha : Mets, walk up song, trade, contract

MLB statistics
Batting average .247
Home runs 96
Runs batted in 331
Teams
  • Oakland Athletics (2015–2021)
  • New York Mets (2022–present)

And On April 15, 2022, Canha was placed on the COVID-19 injured list and  returned five days later on April 20, 2022.

In 2018, Canha hit a career-high 17 home runs with 52 RBIs and a .249/.328/.449 batting line.[16] In 2019, Canha set career highs in average (.273), home runs (26), runs (80) and walks (67) in 126 games. Canha slashed .246/.387/.408 with 5 home runs and 33 RBIs in 191 at-bats for the club, in 2021.

On May 2, 2021, Canha was hit by a pitch for the 60th time in his career, most all-time in the Oakland history of the Athletics franchise. In 2021 he tied for the major league lead in hit by pitches, with 27.

After the season, Canha became a free agent and the Athletics did not make an $18.4 million qualifying offer.

During his time at Oakland, Canha recorded 645 appearances and recorded a .244 batting average, a .344 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage. He hit 89 home runs and drove in 294 runs.

Mark Canha walk up song 

Canha has used Aretha Franklin for his walk-up songs as well, but whatever he chooses, it’s working.

He has 40 hits in 44 games this season batting primarily in the leadoff spot for the first time in his major league career. He also leads the league in hit by pitches with nine.

And of course, he leads the league in music taste as well.

“It’s kind of annoying me with how obsessed are with this,” Canha told reporters Friday. “Madonna was really good to me in 2019 when I used ‘Vogue’ as my walkout song, and that was part of the reason. I just love Madonna and her music and how it makes me feel.

I’m just going to say it once and for all: My walkout song is for me. It’s for me — and not for you. And if you like it, or if you don’t like it, it’s for me anyways, so it doesn’t matter.

“I hope you like it, though,” Canha said with a smile. “I needed to get that off my chest.”

Trade

Shortly after signing Eduardo Escobar, the Mets made another Black Friday purchase, this time adding Mark Canha on a two-year, $26.5M deal with a $11.5M club option for 2024.

For months he’s been a meme on Mets twitter, but the former Rule 5 pick is heading from Oakland to New York to presumably start in right field for the 2022 Mets.

Mark Canha : Mets, walk up song, trade, contract

If you’re not familiar with those memes, you may not have heard much about Canha. He’s quietly been one of the best offensive outfielders in baseball over the past three season, with a .249/.377/.438 line that ranks as the 9th best in baseball by wRC+ since 2019 (among qualified hitters).

That puts him just ahead of household names like Nick Castellanos and Michael Conforto and just behind superstars like Mookie Betts. It’s an OBP heavy profile, as Canha’s 13.3% walk rate ranks fourth among qualified outfielders in that same time span.

That’s hardly his only skill, however, as Canha does a good job of making contact, has decent power, and has rated as an above average defender in the corners when healthy.

Contract

Mark Canha signed a 2 year / $26,500,000 contract with the New York Mets, including a $2,000,000 signing bonus, $26,500,000 guaranteed.

The Mets have agreed to a two-year contract with Mark Canha for a guaranteed $26.5 million, pending a physical, according to Joel Sherman.

Mark Canha : Mets, walk up song, trade, contract

The 32-year-old Canha has spent his entire major league career with the A’s thus far, and he developed into a very good major league hitter in recent years.

Since the start of the 2018 season, Canha—a right-handed hitter—has hit .249/.366/.441 with 65 home runs and a 126 wRC+.

Defensively, he’s played at all three outfield positions, spending the plurality of his time in right field, followed by center and left, respectively.

By Rishabh

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