Dave Clark (baseball)
Clark with the Houston Astros
|Detroit Tigers – No. 25|
|Outfielder / Coach|
September 3, 1962 |
|September 3, 1986, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1998, for the Houston Astros|
|Runs batted in||284|
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. 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.
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.
On November 6, 2013, the Tigers announced the hiring of Clark as third-base coach and outfield instructor.
- "Ausmus retains Jones, adds Clark to coaching staff". MLB.com. November 6, 2013.
- "Astros ax Cooper; Clark takes over". Associated Press. September 21, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
- 1989 Topps baseball card # 574