Monday, March 17, 2014
#177 Lenny Harris
1. Lenny holds a number of pinch hit records, including: most career pinch hits (212), most pinch hit at-bats in a season (83 in 2001), and most career pinch hit at-bats (804).
2. He spoiled Mark Gardner's no-hit bid on July 26, 1991 with a leadoff single in the tenth inning. Two batters later, he scored the winning run on a base hit by Darryl Strawberry.
3. Like many ex-players, Harris got into coaching, and spent two seasons as the batting instructor for the Nationals. In 2010, he was working for the Dodgers as a minor league instructor when he suffered a massive heart attack while throwing batting practice. He underwent a successful triple bypass and has had no further health problems since.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Before researching him for this blog entry, I couldn't have told you any more about Lenny Harris than I knew as a kid - that he was a pinch hit specialist.
Bill James Said: "He's an awfully good bench player - a lefthanded line drive hitter who can run and play third base or second."
On This Date in 1993: March 17. The Kurdistan Workers' Party, also known as the PKK, declares a unilateral ceasefire in Iraq.