Billy Hatcher

William Augustus Hatcher (born October 4, 1960) is a former left and center fielder in Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers, and former first base coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Hatcher was most recently the third base coach for the Reds.

Billy Hatcher
Billy Hatcher
Hatcher with the Cincinnati Reds
Born: October 4, 1960 (age 58)
Williams, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 1984, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 1995, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.264
Home runs54
Runs batted in399
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Pre-MLB career

In 1979, Hatcher graduated from Williams High School in Williams, Arizona, where he had pitched an 11-inning no-hitter as a junior. Hatcher then played for Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona, where he was a junior college All-America selection.

Professional playing career

Chicago Cubs

Hatcher was drafted by the Cubs in the sixth round of the January 1981 MLB draft. He rose quickly through the Cubs' minor league system, playing exactly one season at each minor league level before receiving a late-season call-up to the major league club in 1984. He split time between AAA and the Cubs during the 1985 season before being traded to the Astros along with Steve Engel for Jerry Mumphrey.

Houston Astros

Hatcher would be the Astros' starting left fielder for the next 3½ seasons and is remembered by Astros fans for hitting one of the most dramatic post-season home runs ever in the 14th inning of Game 6 of the Astros' 1986 National League Championship Series vs the New York Mets' Jesse Orosco, temporarily saving the Astros from elimination.[1]

Hatcher had his best statistical season in 1987, when he opened the season with a 16-game hitting streak and led the Astros in hitting (.296) and had career highs in stolen bases (53, 3rd in the National League), home runs (11) and RBI (63). His most dubious achievement came that season as well, as he received a 10-game suspension for bat corking.[2] Hatcher later explained that he had borrowed the bat from relief pitcher Dave Smith.[3] Hatcher broke several of his own, uncorked bats in games leading up to the incident, and he continues to maintain his innocence.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Near the end of the 1989 season, the struggling Astros traded Hatcher to the Pirates for Glenn Wilson. He played just 27 games for Pittsburgh before being traded to the Reds for Jeff Richardson and Mike Roesler.

Cincinnati Reds

Hatcher had a memorable season in 1990 for the Reds when he stole 30 bases during their closely contested 1990 pennant run. On August 21, 1990, he tied the major league record against the Cubs with four doubles in one game. He ended up leading National League outfielders in fielding percentage (.997) on the season.

The best hitting performance of Hatcher's career was timely, coming during the 1990 World Series against the Oakland Athletics. During the 1990 post-season he hit .519 overall (14-for-27), including a World Series record .750 in the four-game World Series sweep over the heavily favored A's. This mark broke a 62-year-old World Series record that was previously held by Babe Ruth (.625 in 1928). Hatcher also set records for most consecutive hits in a series (7) and most doubles in a four-game series (4). Despite his torrid hitting, Hatcher was not named the Series Most Valuable Player, that going to Reds pitcher José Rijo, who had a nearly perfect series of his own. Hatcher finished his career with a remarkable .404 postseason batting average in 14 games.

Boston Red Sox

Hatcher was traded to the Red Sox for Tom Bolton in the middle of the 1992 season and, on August 3 of that season while with the Red Sox, stole home against the Toronto Blue Jays' Juan Guzmán. He was the Red Sox' starter in center field for the 1993 season before finishing his career as a reserve for the Phillies and Rangers before retiring following the 1995 season.

Overall, Hatcher played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues. He finished his career with a .264 career batting average in 1,233 games.

Coaching career

In 2015, Billy Hatcher entered his tenth season as a Major League coach with the Reds organization. He works as third-base, outfield, and baserunning coach.[4] Prior to joining the Reds, he spent ten seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, first as a roving minor-league instructor (1996), then as a minor-league coach for 1997 Florida State League champion St. Petersburg. Hatcher spent the next eight seasons as a member of the Rays' Major League coaching staff (1998–2005) as the first-base coach (1998–99, 2003–05), bench coach (2001–02), and third-base coach (2000). He holds the distinction of being the only coach to work for the Rays in each of the club's first eight years of existence.

For the 2016 season, he switched from first base coach to third base coach.

Personal life

Hatcher and his wife Karen have a son, Derek, who was Florida's 2004 Class A Player of the Year in football at Berkley Prep in Tampa, Florida and then played safety for the University of Richmond football team that won the 2008 NCAA FCS National Championship. The couple also have a daughter, Chelsea, who played soccer at the University of Tennessee from 2008 to 2011.[5] She was selected to the All-SEC first team in 2010. [6]

See also


  1. ^ "MLB's 20 Greatest Games". MLB. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
  2. ^ Baseball Digest, May 2008, by Marky Billson
  3. ^ Marazzi, Rich (August 1999). "Baseball Rules Corner". Baseball Digest: 81. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Team: Manager and Coaches". Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "University of Tennessee Athletics".
  6. ^

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
position created
Tampa Bay Devil Rays First Base Coach
Succeeded by
José Cardenal
Preceded by
Greg Riddoch
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Third Base Coach
Succeeded by
Terry Collins
Preceded by
Bill Russell
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Bench Coach
Succeeded by
John McLaren
Preceded by
Lee May
Tampa Bay Devil Rays First Base Coach
Succeeded by
George Hendrick
Preceded by
Randy Whisler
Cincinnati Reds First Base Coach
Succeeded by
Freddie Benavides
Preceded by
Jim Riggleman
Cincinnati Reds Third Base Coach
Succeeded by
J.R. House
1986 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1986 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West, which they did for their third time in seven seasons.

1986 National League Championship Series

The 1986 National League Championship Series was a best-of-the seven Major League Baseball postseason series between the NL East champion New York Mets and NL West champion Houston Astros. It is the lone MLB playoff series in which the opponents were two "expansion" teams that had begun play in the same season (1962) and was won by the Mets, four games to two, culminating with their 7–6, 16-inning triumph at Houston in Game 6. New York then defeated the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series, four games to three.

1987 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1987 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

1988 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1988 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

1989 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1989 season in American baseball involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West. The season was best remembered for the Astros winning 16 of 17 games in late May through mid June.

1990 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1990 season was the Reds' 122nd season in American baseball. Starting with a club best nine straight wins to open the season, as well as holding the top spot in the National League West every game during the season, the Reds went 41-21 after 62 games, splitting the remaining 100 games 50-50 to end up with a 91-71 record. It consisted of the 91-71 Reds winning the National League West by five games over the second-place Dodgers, as well as the National League Championship Series in six games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the World Series in a four-game sweep over the overwhelming favorite Oakland Athletics, who had won the World Series the previous year. It was the fifth World Championship for the Reds, and their first since winning two consecutive titles in 1975 and '76.

1990 National League Championship Series

The 1990 National League Championship Series was played between the Cincinnati Reds (91–71) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (95–67). It was the first playoff appearance for both teams since 1979 and the fifth NLCS meeting overall with Cincinnati winning the Pennant in 1970, 1972, and 1975 while Pittsburgh won in 1979.

The Reds won the series, 4–2, and eventually went on to sweep the defending World Champion Oakland Athletics in the World Series. This was the only NLCS during the 1990s that did not feature the Atlanta Braves and was the first of four straight to feature either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Between Game 2 (in Cincinnati) and Game 3 (in Pittsburgh), the teams took two days off instead of the usual one. That Sunday, October 7, the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to use Three Rivers Stadium for their scheduled game against the San Diego Chargers, so Game 3 (and by extension, the rest of the series) was pushed back a day.

1991 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1991 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West.

1994 Boston Red Sox season

The 1994 Boston Red Sox season was the 94th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The season was cut short by the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, and there was no postseason. When the strike started on August 12, the Red Sox were in fourth place in the American League East with a record of 54 wins and 61 losses, 17 games behind the New York Yankees.

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is a platform video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003. It was ported to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in 2006, for release in Europe.

Herm Winningham

Herman Son Winningham (born December 1, 1961) is an American former professional baseball player. He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a center fielder, for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.

Drafted by the New York Mets in the 1st round of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft, Winningham made his major league debut with the Mets on September 1, 1984. At one time a highly regarded prospect in the New York Mets chain, he was a part of the Gary Carter trade, along with Hubie Brooks, Floyd Youmans and Mike Fitzgerald. His talents never caught up to his statistics as he was primarily a reserve outfielder for most of his career. His final game was with the Boston Red Sox on October 3, 1992.

Winningham was a member of the Cincinnati Reds team that defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1990 National League Championship Series and the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 World Series. In the last game of the World Series he replaced an injured Billy Hatcher, went 2-3 and scored the winning run. During the 1990 postseason, he batted .364.

Jeff Hamilton (baseball)

Jeffrey Robert Hamilton (born March 19, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman.

Selected in the 29th round of the June 1982 MLB Amateur Draft, Hamilton eventually saw success as a member of the Pacific Coast League Albuquerque Dukes, batting over .320 over the course of two seasons before being called up to make his Major League Baseball debut on June 28, 1986. He was called up several times thereafter before becoming the Dodgers' full-time Third Baseman at the start of the 1989 season.

Hamilton played portions of six seasons during his career, all with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hamilton was a member of the Dodgers team that won the World Series in 1988 and was featured on the cover of the October 31st 1988 edition of Sports Illustrated. In 1989, he was sixth in the National League in doubles with 35 and led the NL in putouts by a Third Baseman with 139. He played his final MLB game on September 28, 1991, later retiring after a short return to the Albuquerque Dukes in 1992.

Although he was a position player throughout his entire career, he did appear in a ballgame in 1989 as a relief pitcher during a 22-inning ballgame against the Houston Astros. He was credited as the losing pitcher of that ballgame. He struck out Billy Hatcher and Ken Caminiti before giving up the game-winning hit to Rafael Ramirez. The game, which lasted over 7 hours was the longest in Houston Astros history.

List of Sonic Team games

Sonic Team is a Japanese video game development division of Sega. The initial team was composed of developers from Sega's Consumer Development division, including programmer Yuji Naka, artist Naoto Ohshima, and level designer Hirokazu Yasuhara. The team took the name Sonic Team in 1991 with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis. The game was a major success, and started the long-running Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.

The next several titles were developed by Naka and Yasuhara in America at Sega Technical Institute, while Ohshima worked on Sonic CD in Japan. In late 1994, Naka returned to Japan to become the head of CS3, later renamed R&D #8. During this time, the division was branded with the Sonic Team name but also developed games that do not feature Sonic, such as Nights into Dreams (1996) and Burning Rangers (1998). Following the release of Sonic Adventure in 1998, some Sonic Team staff moved to the United States to form Sonic Team USA and develop Sonic Adventure 2 (2001). With Sega's diversification of its studios, R&D #8 became Sonic Team in 2000, with Naka as CEO and Sonic Team USA as its subsidiary. Sega's financial troubles led to several major structural changes in the early 2000s, the United Game Artists studio was absorbed by Sonic Team in 2003, and Sonic Team USA became Sega Studios USA in 2004. After Sammy Corporation purchased Sega in 2005, Sonic Team was restructured to become Sega's GE1 research and development department, and later, CS2.

In addition to the Sonic series, the company has developed other games for Sega, such as Nights into Dreams (1996) and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg (2003). The 1991 release of Sonic the Hedgehog is considered significant in video game history, as it increased the Sega Genesis's sales and Sega displaced Nintendo as the leading video game company. Some of Sonic Team's games, such as the Genesis-era Sonic games and Nights, are considered by critics to be among the greatest video games ever released.

Sega All-Stars (series)

Sega All-Stars (originally Sega Superstars, without "Sega" in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed) is a series of crossover video games featuring fictional characters from games developed or published by Sega. It consists of five games: Sega Superstars, Sega Superstars Tennis, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, and SEGA Heroes.

Fighters Megamix and Segagaga has also featured characters from multiple Sega franchises, but are not official releases in the series.

Sega Superstars

Sega Superstars (stylized as Sega SuperStars) is a party video game developed by Sonic Team for the PlayStation 2. It was published by Sega and released in Europe on October 22, 2004; in North America in November 3, 2004; and in Japan in November 11, 2004. The game features several minigames based on various Sega titles that are controlled using the EyeToy peripheral.

Shun Nakamura

Shun Nakamura (中村 俊, Nakamura Shun) is a game designer for Sonic Team, whose works include Samba de Amigo, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Steve Engel

Steven Michael Engel (born December 31, 1961) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

He attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he played for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels baseball team.

Engel was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft. He pitched in 11 games for the 1985 Chicago Cubs. In 1986, he was the player to be named later from an earlier trade, in which the Cubs traded Billy Hatcher to the Houston Astros for Jerry Mumphrey.

Tom Bolton (baseball)

Thomas Edward Bolton (born May 6, 1962) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1987 through 1994 for the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Baltimore Orioles. He batted and threw left-handed. Bolton led Antioch High School to 1979 Tennessee High School Class AAA state championship.

Bolton spent 18 years in professional baseball, constantly moving from the starting rotation to the bullpen. A six-season minor league veteran, he reached the majors in 1987 with the Boston Red Sox, playing in part of six seasons with them before moving to Cincinnati, Detroit and Baltimore. His most productive season came in 1990 with Boston, when he had a 10–5 mark with a 3.38 earned run average (ERA) in 16 starts. In 1996 he recorded a high-career 19 starts, but went 8–9 and 5.24. After that, he was used mostly as a middle reliever and left-handed specialist. In the 1992 midseason, he was sent to Cincinnati in the same trade that brought Billy Hatcher to the Red Sox. In his last two seasons, he divided his playing time with the Tigers and Orioles.

In an eight-season career, Bolton posted a 31–34 record with a 4.56 ERA and 244 strikeouts in 209 appearances, including 56 starts, three complete games, and 540​1⁄3 innings pitched. Following his major league career, he pitched in the Pacific Coast League for the Calgary Cannons (1996–97), Tucson Toros (1997) and Nashville Sounds (1998). In 14 minor league seasons he went 72–58 with 743 strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA in 1125​1⁄3 innings.

Yuji Naka

Yuji Naka (中 裕司, Naka Yūji, born September 17, 1965) is a Japanese video game programmer, designer, and producer best known as the former head of Sonic Team, where he was the lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog series of games on the Sega Genesis. In 2006, he founded Prope, an independent game company. In January 2018, he joined Square Enix.


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