A story about the great Dave Hansen:
Dave Hansen was one of my favorite players. I felt that way because he prepared to succeed and win whether he was in the lineup or not. Most of the time he wasn’t, but he was always prepared to pinch hit, which is one of the reasons he was so successful.
In 1993 he was chasing the Dodger single-season pinch hit record. The date was September 20, and we were in Cincinnati. I wanted him to break that record really bad, so I penciled Pedro Martinez into the lineup hitting third to start the game. Jose Rijo was pitching for the Reds and Brett Butler led off the game with a single, and Jose Offerman bunted Butler over to second. When Pedro was supposed to hit I put Hansen in to pinch hit and he hit a line drive to center field, scoring Butler, and breaking the record.
Hansen still holds that record to this day with 18 pinch hits. He is the Dodger’s hitting coach, and I am confident that he will do an outstanding job with our players.