George Andrew Hendrick, Jr. (born October 18, 1949) is a former major league outfielder for the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, and California Angels. Hendrick is arguably best remembered as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom he played from 1978 to 1984 and was a key player in the team's 1982 World Series win. He led the Cardinals in home runs every year from 1980 through 1983. Hendrick is currently the special advisor to baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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|
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.
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.
Transactions involving HendrickEdit
- On March 24, 1973, the Oakland A's traded Hendrick, with catcher Dave Duncan, to the Cleveland Indians for catcher Ray Fosse and shortstop Jack Heidemann.
- On December 8, 1976, the Indians traded him to the San Diego Padres for outfielder John Grubb, catcher Fred Kendall, and infielder Héctor Torres.
- On May 26, 1978, the Padres traded Hendrick to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Eric Rasmussen.
- On December 12, 1984, the Cardinals traded him, with catcher Steve Barnard, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher John Tudor and outfielder Brian Harper.
- On August 2, 1985, the Pirates traded Hendrick, along with pitchers John Candelaria and Al Holland, to the California Angels for infielder Mike Brown, pitcher Pat Clements, and a player to be named later (Bob Kipper).
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.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
| St. Louis Cardinals Hitting Coach
| Anaheim Angels First-Base Coach
| Los Angeles Dodgers Hitting Coach
| Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays First-Base Coach