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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Bill Buckner retires from baseball

about 28 years too late.

Bill Buckner was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1968. He made his major-league debut the next season. For many of the past 44 summers, Buckner has been in uniform — playing, managing or coaching.

Not this summer.

Buckner, 64, announced Monday he is retiring from baseball after two summers as the Hawks hitting coach.

“Just too much time away,” he told the Idaho Statesman. “My wife has put up with it for 30-something years.”

Buckner said he kicked around the idea for several weeks before making his decision. Buckner and his wife, Jody, have lived in Boise and surrounding areas since he retired from playing in 1990.

“I know that Jody would want me to be home. It was just the right thing to do,” he said. “I’ve been doing it a long time, and it’s been great.”

The Hawks reached the postseason in both years with Buckner on staff. Boise also broke several offensive team records.

“I will miss it. I enjoyed it,” he said of his time with the Hawks. “I enjoyed working with the kids. Some of them I worked with the last couple years are getting at-bats in spring training now. That’s fun to watch.”

Repoz Posted: March 04, 2014 at 05:45 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4666041)
Something's missing from the recap of his career. It must have just slipped through.
   2. Jeltzandini Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:31 AM (#4666068)
Buckner said he kicked around the idea for several weeks

Come on now.
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4666071)
Something's missing from the recap of his career. It must have just slipped through.

Yeah, I get the feeling that it was hurriedly written in a New York minute, just so it met a deadline. I would have 86'd this story as an editor.
   4. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4666149)
At least it was fact-checked. I only see one error, and it's pretty routine.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:04 PM (#4666155)
The thing that gets me is that he shouldn't have even been out there last year, serving as hitting instructor. It should have been Dave Stapleton.
   6. stanmvp48 Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4666157)
Seriously: This guy is 77th in career plate appearances. OPS of 100 and mostly a first baseman.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4666163)
Something's missing from the recap of his career. It must have just slipped through.

I'd give the editor the boot.
   8. Zach Posted: March 04, 2014 at 06:06 PM (#4666442)
Give the poor man some rest, you mooks.
   9. JJ1986 Posted: March 04, 2014 at 06:13 PM (#4666452)
I thought this was going to be about the pitcher who was once traded for Alberto Callaspo.
   10. The District Attorney Posted: March 04, 2014 at 06:17 PM (#4666456)
What's a mook?
   11. Zach Posted: March 05, 2014 at 12:01 AM (#4666569)
   12. Cabbage Posted: March 05, 2014 at 01:26 AM (#4666579)
Leon Durham's retirement is just as painful for the organization, but everyone forgets about him.
   13. Sunday silence Posted: March 05, 2014 at 02:03 AM (#4666584)
Does this mean we won't have to listen to Berman say "Billy Bucks," ever again?
   14. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 05, 2014 at 02:15 AM (#4666587)
Saying goodbye always chokes me up.

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