Tuesday, April 15, 2014
#194 Jerald Clark
October 2, 1990 was also Jerald Clark's only two-homer big league game.
1. His younger brother, Phil Clark, was a utility player for the Tigers, Padres, and Red Sox in the 1990s.
2. Jerald stole home against the Dodgers on September 10, 1992. Rookie catcher Mike Piazza walked to the mound to confer with pitcher Orel Hershiser, but failed to call time out. Clark sprinted for the unprotected plate and made it safely with the eventual winning run.
3. Clark jumped to Japan in 1994, where he batted .293/.354/.497 in 99 games for the Yakult Swallows. He slugged 20 home runs.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: When I played Little League and co-ed softball, I used to swing two aluminum bats whenever I was on deck. I figured it would make the bat seem lighter when I was hitting, but I still had no idea how to make contact, really.
Bill James Said: "I figured the 'Real Park Equivalent' for some of the Colorado players; Clark's stats are equivalent to .258 with 11 homers, 53 RBI in a real park." With the Mile High boost, Jerald batted .282 with 13 HR and 67 RBI.
On This Date in 1993: April 15. Andre Dawson becomes the 25th member of the 400 Home Run Club, aiding the Red Sox in a 4-3 win over Cleveland. It's the Hawk's first round-tripper with Boston.