Only because he wasn’t hitting at 29! (.214/.234/.243)
Hal Lanier put the stat sheet down long enough Wednesday to explain why, at 69 years old, he’s still interested in coaching young people.
After all, independent baseball has long been about more than numbers to Lanier, a former major league coach with the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros.
“I enjoy the game. My mind is still active. I like working with the young kids,” Lanier said. “I like trying to get players that were not drafted, or never got an opportunity, to play organizational ball. I’m very proud of that. Not only during the season, but in the offseason and during spring training, because I live in Florida.
“I go around all the minor league camps, and meet all the minor league player directors, the ones that I don’t know, so I still have some contacts there. This is my 16th year in independent baseball. We’ve gotten, probably, I’d have to say over 150 players back with organizations, five of them at the major league level. I’m very proud of that.”
...“I’ve been very fortunate to stay in the game this long,” Lanier said. “The good Lord has taken care of me, health-wise, knock on wood. I still enjoy it. When I stop enjoying it, you know, a lot of people ask me when I’m going to retire, and I’m not ready to do that. I can play golf all winter. I guess I got the best of both lives.”
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