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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Will Clark has a complicated Baseball Hall of Fame case

Playing nine years in Candlestick did Clark few favors. “The wind switched around all the time,” he said. “One minute it was blowing in from left, the other it was blowing in from right. One minute, it’s blowing out to right-center.”

Clark had to look for other strategies as a hitter in San Francisco, between the wind and his manager his first seven seasons, Roger Craig, deliberately having the infield grass cut high to encourage more double-play balls.

“Playing in Candlestick, it didn’t matter if you had a golf ball out there,” Clark said. “When that wind was going, you better hit it good, and you better hit it on a line. Otherwise it ain’t going nowhere.”

When told he rated better by advanced metrics than several other Hall of Fame first basemen, Clark replied, “I can tell you this right now: If you take some Hall of Fame first basemen and put them in Candlestick Park, I guarantee we’d have about the same stats.”

Clark estimated that Candlestick cost him “eight to 10 home runs a year and at least 20 to 25 RBIs a year.”

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: October 12, 2016 at 03:05 PM | 52 comment(s)
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