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Billy Hatcher #22

Photo of Billy Hatcher cin
Full Name:
Billy Hatcher
Uniform #:
22

COACHING CAREER: Billy Hatcher is in his ninth season in the organization, all as a coach on the Major League staff...in addition to his first base coaching duties he serves as outfield and baserunning coach...was hired during Spring Training 2006, after John Moses retired...prior to joining the Reds spent the previous 10 seasons in the Tampa Bay organization, first as a roving minor league instructor (1996), then as a minor league coach for 1997 Florida State League champion St. Petersburg under manager Bill Evers and the next eight seasons as a member of the Major League coaching staff (1998-2005)...spent five seasons as the Devil Rays' first base coach (1998-99, 2003-05), two years as bench coach (2001-02) and one season as third base coach (2000).

PLAYING CAREER: The former outfielder played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues for the Cubs, Astros, Pirates, Reds, Red Sox, Phillies and Rangers...had a .264 career batting average in 1,233 games from 1984-95...was drafted by the Cubs in the sixth round of the January 1981 free-agent draft...played for Cin from 1990-92 and stole 30 bases during the wire-to-wire World Series championship season of 1990...during the 1990 Postseason hit .519 overall (14-for-27), including .750 (9-for-12) in the four-game World Series sweep over the heavily-favored Oakland Athletics...established World Series records for highest batting average for a four-game series (.750), most consecutive hits in a series (7) and most doubles in a four-game series (4)...in 14 career Postseason games produced a .404 batting average...hit one of his most dramatic postseason home runs in the 14th inning of Game 6 of the Astros' 1986 National League Championship Series vs. the Mets...his homer off Jesse Orosco tied the game, but the Mets eventually won in 16 innings to clinch the pennant...put together his best season in 1987, when he led the Astros in hitting (.296) and established career highs in stolen bases (53, third in NL), home runs (11) and RBI (63)...he opened that season with a 16-game hitting streak...on 8/21/90 vs. the Cubs while with Cin tied the Major League record with four doubles...in 1990 led National League outfielders in fielding percentage (.997)...on 8/3/92 while with the Red Sox stole home vs. Tor's Juan Guzman.

PERSONAL: In 1979 graduated from Williams (AZ) High School...as a junior at WHS once pitched an 11-inning no-hitter...attended Yavapai Community College in Prescott, AZ, where he was a junior college All-America selection...son, Derek, was Florida's 2004 Class A Player of the Year in football at Berkeley Prep in Tampa and played for the University of Richmond, which won the 2008 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national title...also has a daughter, Chelsea, who played soccer at the University of Tennessee...wife's name is Karen.

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