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Billy Hatcher

Outfielder
Born: October 4, 1960 (1960-10-04) (age 49)
Williams, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 10, 1984 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 1995 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Batting Average     .263
Hits     1146
Stolen Bases     218
Teams
Career highlights and awards

William Augustus Hatcher (born October 4, 1960) is a former left and center fielder in Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers, and former first base coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Hatcher is currently first base coach for the Reds.

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Pre-MLB career

In 1979 graduated from Williams High School in Williams, Arizona where as a junior at he pitched an 11- inning no-hitter. After high school Hatcher played for Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona, where he was a junior college All-America selection.

Professional playing career

Hatcher was drafted by the Cubs in the sixth round of the January 1981 MLB draft. He rose quickly through the Cubs' minor league system, playing exactly one season at each minor league level before receiving a late-season call-up to the major league club in 1984. He split time between AAA and the Cubs during the 1985 season before being traded to the Astros along with Steve Engel for Jerry Mumphrey.

Hatcher would be the Astros' starting left fielder for the next 3 1/2 seasons and is remembered by Astros fans for hitting one of the most dramatic post-season home runs ever in the 14th inning of Game 6 of the Astros' 1986 National League Championship Series vs the New York Mets' Jesse Orosco, temporarily saving the Astros from elimination.

Hatcher had his best statistical season in 1987, when he opened the season with a 16-game hitting streak and led the Astros in hitting (.296) and had career highs in stolen bases (53, 3rd in the National League), home runs (11) and RBI (63). His most dubious achievement came that season as well, as he received a ten-game suspension for bat corking.[1] Hatcher later claimed that he had borrowed the bat from relief pitcher Dave Smith, a story that was not widely believed[citation needed]. However Hatcher did break several of his own bats in games leading up to the incident and it is entirely conceivable that he needed to borrow a bat. Hatcher continues to maintain his innocence.

Near the end of the 1989 season, the struggling Astros traded Hatcher to the Pirates for Glenn Wilson. He played just 27 games for Pittsburgh before being traded to the Reds for Jeff Richardson and Mike Roesler. Hatcher had a memorable season in 1990 for the Reds when he stole 30 bases during their closely contested 1990 pennant run. On August 21, 1990 he tied the major league record against the Cubs with 4 doubles in one game. He ended up leading National League outfielders in fielding percentage (.997) on the season.

The best hitting performance of Hatcher's career was timely, coming during the 1990 World Series against the Oakland Athletics. During the 1990 post-season he hit .519 overall (14-for-27), including a World Series record .750 in the four-game World Series sweep over the heavily-favored A's. This mark broke a 62-year-old World Series record that was previously held by Babe Ruth (.625 in 1928). Hatcher also set records for most consecutive hits in a series (7) and most doubles in a four-game series (4). Despite his torrid hitting, Hatcher was not named the Series Most Valuable Player, that going to Reds pitcher José Rijo, who had a nearly perfect series of his own. Hatcher finished his career with a remarkable .404 postseason batting average in 14 games.

Hatcher was traded to the Red Sox for Tom Bolton in the middle of the 1992 season and on August 3 of that season while with the Red Sox stole home against the Toronto Blue Jays' Juan Guzmán. He was the Red Sox' starter in center field for the 1993 season before finishing his career as a reserve for the Phillies and Rangers before retiring following the 1995 season.

Overall, Hatcher played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues. He finished his career with a .264 career batting average in 1,233 games.

Coaching career

Billy Hatcher recently completed his third season the Reds organization, all as a coach on the Major League staff. In addition to his first base coaching duties he serves as outfield and baserunning coach. Prior to joining the Reds he spent 10 seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, first as a roving minor league instructor (1996), then as a minor league coach for 1997 Florida State League champion St. Petersburg. Hatcher spent the next 8 seasons as a member of the Rays' Major League coaching staff (1998-2005) as the first base coach (1998-99, 2003-05), bench coach (2001-02), and third base coach (2000). He holds the distinction of being the only coach to work for the Rays in each of the club's first 8 years of existence.

Personal

Hatcher's son, Derek, was Florida's 2004 Class A Player of the Year in football at Berkley Prep in Tampa, Florida and is currently the starting safety for the University of Richmond football team. His wife's name is Karen and he also has a daughter, Chelsea.

See also

References

  1. ^ Baseball Digest, May 2008, by Marky Billson http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCI/is_3_67/ai_n25147858

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Preceded by
Dave Stewart
Babe Ruth Award
1990
Succeeded by
Jack Morris
Preceded by
position created
Tampa Bay Devil Rays First Base Coach
1998-1999
Succeeded by
Jose Cardenal
Preceded by
Bill Russell
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Third Base Coach
2000-2001
Succeeded by
Terry Collins
Preceded by
Frank Howard
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Bench Coach
2001-2002
Succeeded by
Bill Russell
Preceded by
Lee May
Tampa Bay Devil Rays First Base Coach
2003-2005
Succeeded by
George Hendrick
Preceded by
Randy Whisler
Cincinnati Reds First Base Coach
2006-present
Succeeded by
incumbent
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