Hendrick as a coach for the Tampa Bay Rays
|Born:October 18, 1949|
Los Angeles, California
|June 4, 1971, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1988, for the California Angels|
|Runs batted in||1,111|
|Career highlights and awards|
George Andrew Hendrick Jr. (born October 18, 1949) is an American former professional baseball player and coach.He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder between 1971 and 1988, most notably as an integral member of the St. Louis Cardinals team that won the 1982 World Series.
A four-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Hendrick led the major leagues with 20 outfield assists in 1979 and, led the Cardinals in home runs every year from 1980 through 1983.He also won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1972 and was a member of the 1986 California Angels division-winning team. He also played for the Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hendrick is currently the special advisor to baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Over 18 seasons, Hendrick posted a .278 batting average with 267 home runs and 1,111 RBI. His career stats included 941 runs, 1,980 hits, 343 doubles, 59 stolen bases, and a .329 on-base percentage in 7,129 at-bats. Playing at all three outfield positions and first base, he compiled a .987 fielding percentage.
Hendrick began his baseball career in the minor leagues with Burlington in 1968, leading the league with a .327 batting average and 25 doubles.He was an all-star four times—twice with Cleveland in 1974 and 1975 and twice with St. Louis in 1980 and 1983—and he finished in the top 15 in league MVP voting four consecutive years between 1980 and 1983. Hendrick was one of the first players to hit 100 home runs in each league—150 for the National League and 117 for the American League. He was the first MLB player to wear his pant legs down to his ankles. He was nicknamed "Jogging George" and "Captain Easy" because of his reputation for not running plays out or giving 100% effort and "Silent George" because of his longstanding policy of not talking to the media.
Angels beat reporter Lisa Nehus Saxon, one of the first women to cover an MLB team, credited Hendrick for protecting her from Reggie Jackson's harassment and verbal abuse.
Hendrick played winter ball with the Cangrejeros de Santurce club of the Puerto Rico League, where he won the batting title in the 1973−1974 tournament.He also played for the Gold Coast Suns of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in its 1989 inaugural season.
Hendrick began his coaching career with the Cardinals as a minor league hitting/outfield instructor from 1993 to 1995 before becoming the hitting coach of the big league club from 1996 to 1997. After leaving the Cardinals, he worked as coach at various levels in the California Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers systems from 1998 to 2005. On November 21, 2005, Hendrick was named as a first base/outfield coach for Tampa Bay, a position he held through the end of the 2014 season.He then became Special Advisor to Baseball Operations for the Rays.
His son, Brian, played college basketball for the California Golden Bears.
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