06/25/2016 8:00 AM
Hallberg poses with his family following a game. (Photo courtesy of Mark Hallberg)
Mark Hallberg is no stranger to baseball. After five years playing professionally, he began coaching to provide insight on what he’s picked up after being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Now the 30-year old veteran serves as assistant coach of the Orleans Firebirds, where he’s starting his third season.
Here we have a standard biography of most coaches of the game of baseball, until we consider as Hallberg steps onto the Eldridge Park coaching lines, he’s standing a long way from home, about 6,160 miles to be exact.
Hallberg was born in Saudi Arabia in 1985. His parents taught in an American International school, where Hallberg was able to learn and participate in a multitude of sports, but it was softball that caught his eye.
He played in softball leagues with his parents, until his natural talent grew too glaring to ignore. His parents knew they had to act, so they packed up and moved back to the States in order to give their son the opportunity for this undeniable talent to be noticed.