Longtime Giants icon Will Clark joined the Giants front office in January 2009. In his role, the six-time All-Star first baseman represents the organization at various in-season and off-season community events in San Francisco. He also attends the Giants Spring Training Camp in Scottsdale, AZ and visits several of the Giants’ minor league teams each year. Clark, who brings the experience of a 15-year Major League playing career to the Giants, previously worked as an advisor to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ coaching staff in spring training from 2004-2008.
Drafted by the Giants in the first round (second overall pick) of the 1985 June draft, Clark spent his first eight big league seasons in a San Francisco uniform, compiling a .299 batting average with 176 home runs and 709 RBI in 1,160 games. One of the best clutch hitters of his time, Clark hit over .300 on 10 occasions. In 1988, he became the first Giants player to drive in 90 or more runs in consecutive seasons since Bobby Murcer in 1975-76. He had one of his finest seasons in 1989, when he batted .333 with 111 RBI, and finished second in the NL Most Valuable Player voting to Giants teammate Kevin Mitchell. He was, however, named MVP of the ’89 NLCS, after batting .650 with a pair of homers and eight RBI, helping San Francisco defeat Chicago four-games-to-one.
One of the premier first basemen in the National League during his time with San Francisco, Clark was also an outstanding defensive player, winning a Rawlings Gold Glove in 1991. The New Orleans, LA native owned a .303 lifetime average with 284 home runs and 1,205 RBI over 1,976 career games for the Giants (1986-1993), Rangers (1994-98), Orioles (1999-2000) and Cardinals (2000).
Clark, who was a two-time All American at Mississippi State University, was the winner of the Golden Spikes Award as the country’s top collegiate player in 1985, hitting .420 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI in 65 games. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 and was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
He resides in Prairieville, LA with his wife, Lisa, and their son, Trey, and daughter, Ella.