A.P. is reporting that the Boise Hawks, a Single A team for the Cubs, has hired Bill Buckner as their new hitting coach.
Here is how the report reads:
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have hired former star Bill Buckner as a minor league hitting coach.
Buckner will be with the Boise Hawks of the short-season Class A Northwest League. The Cubs made the announcement Friday.
Buckner played for the Cubs from 1977-84 and won the 1980 NL batting title. He was a career .289 hitter over 22 seasons.
The 62-year-old Buckner was a manager last year for Brockton, a Massachusetts team in the independent CanAm league. He previously was a hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox and held the same position in the minors for Toronto.
Did you notice what part of his biography they left out?
That's a good thing.
Buckner played for the Cubs and was a batting champ and has forgotten more about hitting than his critics will ever know.
Good for the A.P. for referring to him as "Former Star."
That's EXACTLY what he was.
And if you think they should have included anything in his bio about a World Series game, then kindly watch this video...
Even if Buckner fielded the ball cleanly, there was no one to throw it to, as the pitcher never left the mound. Plus, the Sox had a great opportunity in the game 7, with Hurst pitching. Buckner got a bad rap. Schraldi was the real culprit.ReplyDelete
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In my humble opinion, McNamara was the real culprit in that whole mess. Made some really awful decisions, especially keeping Dave Stapleton on the bench in the 10th inning. Great post, Sully, and I'm glad the AP slanted the story toward Billy Buck's time with the Cubs. A very Happy New Year to you and yours!ReplyDelete
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