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Tim Flannery
Infielder
Born: September 29, 1957 (1957-09-29) (age 52)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 3, 1979 for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1989 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
Batting average     .255
Hits     631
RBI     209
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Timothy Earl Flannery (born September 29, 1957 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent eleven seasons with the San Diego Padres, from 1979 to 1989. He is also the nephew of former Major League Baseball player Hal Smith.[1]

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Minors

Flannery was drafted in the sixth round of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft by the Padres out of Chapman University in California. Standing at 5'11" tall and weighing 175 lbs., Flannery batted left-handed but threw right-handed.

In his first season in the minors (1978), Flannery batted .350 for the California League Reno Silver Sox. In 1979, he batted .345 with six home runs and 71 runs batted in to receive a September call-up to the majors. Flannery made his major league debut 26 days before his 22nd birthday, and was the eighth youngest player in the majors in 1979.

He batted lead-off and played second base against the San Francisco Giants at Qualcomm Stadium in his first game on September 3, 1979. Flannery was one for three and drove in the second run of the Padres' 3-0 victory.[2]

His minor league success did not translate to major league success as he hit just .154 in 65 big league at bats, with his only extra base hit of the season being a triple.[3] He split 1980 between the Padres and their triple A affiliate, the Hawaii Islanders. With Hawaii, Flannery batted .346, however, he hit only .240 in the majors that year. In 1981, he only appeared in 37 games and batted .254.

San Diego Padres

Flannery's first full major league season without spending any time in the minors was 1982. It wasn't until his fifth season, 1983, that Flannery hit his first Major League home run-- a solo shot off the Chicago Cubs' Chuck Rainey.[4]

Flannery reached the post-season for the only time in his career in 1984. He made three plate appearances in the 1984 National League Championship Series and reach base all three times. Trailing 3-2 in game four of the series, Flannery hit a lead-off single in the fifth inning, and scored the tying run of the Padres' 7-5 victory over the Cubs.[5] In game five, he reached on a ground ball that trickled through the legs of Cubs first baseman Leon Durham to score the tying run.[6] In his only at-bat in the 1984 World Series, Flannery hit an eighth inning pinch hit single off Jack Morris in game four.[7]

Flannery enjoyed his best year the following season. Having been used all over the infield up to this point in his career, he emerged as the Padres' regular second baseman in 1985. He batted .281 with 40 RBIs and 50 runs scored-- all career highs. He was used as a bench player for the majority of his career.

Seasons Games AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO Avg. Slg. Fld%
11 972 2473 255 631 77 25 9 209 22 277 293 .255 .317 .977

He played his final big league game on his 32nd birthday—September 29, 1989.[8] He spent nine seasons with Eric Show—longer than any other teammate.

Coaching

After a two-year hiatus from baseball, he became manager of the Padres' Northwest League affiliate Spokane Indians in 1993. The following season, he led the California League's Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to a 77–59 record, and in 1995, he was handed the reins to the triple A Las Vegas Stars. In 1996, he became third base coach for the Padres. He remained with manager Bruce Bochy's coaching staff through 2002. When Bochy was named manager of the San Francisco Giants for the 2007 season, Flannery joined him, and currently coaches third base for the Giants.[9]

On Sunday, September 27, 2008, he changed his number to 60 for one game because J. T. Snow came back from retirement and wore number 6. Snow was taken out before the first pitch.

Personal Life

Flannery has released six CDs in America and one in Ireland.[10] Some of the artists he has recorded and performed with include Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, Bruce Hornsby, Willie Nelson and Linda Ronstadt. He and his wife, Donna have a son, Danny (April 28, 1985), and two daughters, Virginia (September 1, 1987) and Kelly (July 23, 1991).

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