SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Giants are retiring the number 22 in honor of Will “The Thrill” Clark starting next season.
The move was announced Sunday during the 30 year reunion of the 1989 team that faced the A’s in the World Series, before the Giants played the Phillies later in the afternoon.
The former Giants first baseman and six time All-Star had a memorable career with the team and is fondly remembered for his performance in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs in 1989, which earned him series MVP honors.
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Clark played eight seasons with the Giants and retired from the MLB after the 2000 season. His career averages include a .303 batting average, 2,176 hits, 284 homers and 1,205 RBIs.
“I was very surprised,” Clark told KPIX 5 after the announcement. “When they made the announcement, and seeing my teammates’ reactions, that right there just killed me.”
“I came up a a Giant. This is my first organization, this is where I learned to play baseball, this is where I learned to be a big leaguer, this is where I had my most success, and to be forever linked with the greatest that ever played this sport here in San Francisco is absolutely amazing.”
Clark currently works for the Giants front office.