Phil Clark (outfielder)

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Phil Clark
Born: (1968-05-06) May 6, 1968 (age 49)
Crockett, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 27, 1992, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
April 30, 1996, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .276
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 65
Career highlights and awards

Phillip Benjamin Clark (born May 6, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball player, and current hitting coach for the Erie SeaWolves. He played infield and outfield for the Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, and Boston Red Sox. He also played four seasons in Japan with the Kintetsu Buffaloes.

Playing career[edit]

Clark signed with the Detroit Tigers after being selected with their first-round pick in the 1986 Major League Baseball Draft out of high school, and made his major league debut with the Tigers in 1992. He was sent off to the San Diego Padres the following year, and hit .313 with 9 home runs in 102 games. He continued to play part-time before being released by the Boston Red Sox in 1996. He joined the Kintetsu Buffaloes in the Japanese Pacific League in 1997, and hit 23 home runs with a .331 batting average (second in the league after Ichiro Suzuki) in his first year to win the Best Nine Award at first base. He hit 48 doubles in 1998, which was the Japanese single-season record until Yoshitomo Tani broke it in 2001, and ended with a .320 batting average, with 31 home runs and 114 RBIs to win his second consecutive Best Nine Award. His production decreased in 1999, but he still won a third Best Nine Award at designated hitter. In 2000, he missed over half of the season after being hit by a pitch, and was released at the end of the year.

Coaching career[edit]

On December 9, 2014, Clark was named the hitting coach for the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps.[1]

On December 2, 2015, Clark was named the hitting coach for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.[2]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Jerald Clark, also played in the major leagues and Nippon Professional Baseball. Has a son, Philip N. Clark, who is a lawyer in Nashville, TN.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Schmehl, James (December 9, 2014). "Detroit Tigers announce minor-league coaching staff, name Phil Clark hitting coach at West Michigan". MLive. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fenech, Anthony (December 2, 2015). "Tigers announce minor-league coaching staffs". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 2, 2015.