Dave Clark (baseball)

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Dave Clark
Astros coach Dave Clark 2013.jpg
Clark in 2013
Detroit Tigers – No. 25
Outfielder
Born: (1962-09-03) September 3, 1962 (age 52)
Tupelo, Mississippi
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1986 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1998 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
Batting average .264
Home runs 62
Runs batted in 284
Managerial record 4–9
Winning % .308
Teams

As player

As manager

As coach

David Earl Clark (born September 3, 1962) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 to 1998. He is currently the third base coach and outfield instructor for the Detroit Tigers.[1] He served as manager of the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks, from 2005 to 2007, and led them to the Texas League Championship in 2006. He also served as the manager of the Houston Astros' Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express and served as the manager for the Huntsville Stars, the double-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was the interim Manager for the Houston Astros at the end of the 2009 season.[2]

Early life[edit]

Clark attended Jackson State University where he was team MVP in 1982 and 1983.[3]

Baseball career[edit]

Clark was a first round draft pick for the Cleveland Indians in 1983, and made his Major League debut with the club as a September call up in 1986. For his career, Clark batted .264 with 62 home runs and 284 runs batted in over twelve plus seasons. His best season was with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1994, when he batted .296 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs.

Clark's first coaching job was within the Pirates organization in 2000. Originally hired as the hitting coach for their rookie club in the Gulf Coast League, by the end of the season he found himself holding the same job with their Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. A season later, he was the hitting coach for the Pirates at the major league level.

After two years as the Pirates hitting coach, Clark was offered the managerial position with their advanced A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. After leading the Hillcats to the Carolina League playoffs, he moved on to the Hickory Crawdads the following season, and lead the team to a South Atlantic League championship.

In 2005, the opportunity to manage at the double-A level lured him away to the Houston Astros organization. In three seasons managing the Corpus Christi Hooks, Clark produced a 207–212 record, and in 2006, led the team to its first ever Texas League Championship.

On September 21, 2009, Clark took over as an interim manager of the Houston Astros, replacing Cecil Cooper.[2]

Clark served as the first base coach for the Astros through the 2013 season and Dominican Winter League head coach for Los Tigres del Licey of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

On November 6, 2013, the Tigers announced the hiring of Clark as third-base coach and outfield instructor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Louis, is a former wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ausmus retains Jones, adds Clark to coaching staff". MLB.com. November 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Astros ax Cooper; Clark takes over". Associated Press. September 21, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ 1989 Topps baseball card # 574

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