November 10th, 2012

November 10 – Happy Birthday Jack Clark

Jack Clark loved being a Cardinal and after hitting 35 home runs and driving in 106 for Manager Whitey Herzog’s 1987 Pennant-winners, the New Brighton, PA native had every reason to believe he’d be staying in St Louis for the next few seasons. One word explains why that didn’t happen, collusion. That was the off season when big league owners decided to band together to reverse the upward spiral of salaries during the free agency era and star players in their prime, like Clark, paid the price.  The Cardinals actually asked their All Star first baseman to take a cut in pay so instead, his agent got him an offer from George Steinbrenner and Clark came to New York for the 1988 season after playing thirteen seasons in the National League, including the first ten with the Giants. He belted 27 home runs and drove in 93 during his single season in Pinstripes. He then signed with the Padres. During his eighteen-year big league career, Clark hit 340 home runs. Since leaving the game, Clark has become a vociferous critic of players who took steroids. He has said that players like Mark McGuire, A-Rod, Bobby Bonds and Roger Clemens are all “cheaters” who belong in a “Hall of Shame” but “not baseball’s Hall of Fame. Clark has also experienced personal financial setbacks since leaving the game. According to accounts I’ve read, his addiction to expensive cars forced him into personal bankruptcy, in 1992.

Also born on this date was this Yankee starting pitcher who tied Jimmy Key for second in most regular season wins on the team’s 1996 pitching staff and this long-ago outfielder, who hit the second home run in Yankee postseason history.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1988 NYY 150 616 496 81 120 14 0 27 93 3 113 141 .242 .381 .433 .815
18 Yrs 1994 8230 6847 1118 1826 332 39 340 1180 77 1262 1441 .267 .379 .476 .854
SFG (10 yrs) 1044 4300 3731 597 1034 197 30 163 595 60 497 556 .277 .359 .477 .836
STL (3 yrs) 322 1371 1093 198 299 61 6 66 216 3 264 288 .274 .413 .522 .935
BOS (2 yrs) 221 907 738 107 174 29 1 33 120 1 152 220 .236 .366 .412 .778
SDP (2 yrs) 257 1036 789 135 199 31 2 51 156 10 236 236 .252 .423 .490 .914
NYY (1 yr) 150 616 496 81 120 14 0 27 93 3 113 141 .242 .381 .433 .815
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/9/2013.