Former Major League Baseball standout and Boise Hawks hitting coach Bill Buckner has stepped down, the Hawks announced on Monday. Buckner, who coached in Boise from 2012-2013, has decided to spend more time with his family.
It's not fair, number one, to my wife.She's put up with it for a lot of years, Buckner said. I want to spend more time with her.
Buckner spent 20 seasons in the MLB, playing for five different teams. He played in the All-Star Game in 1981 for the Chicago Cubs, and also won a batting title in 1980. Buckner appeared in the World Series in 1974, with the Dodgers, and in 1986 with the Red Sox. He retired with 2,715 hits in 1990, with a .289 batting average.
He made a huge impact with all of our young players, Hawks manager Gary Van Tol said. I know it was a tough decision for him, but he's been in it for so long.If anybody deserves some time to enjoy life and get away from the game a little bit it's him.
As a hitting coach for the Hawks, Buckner worked with some of the top prospects in the Chicago Cubs organization. The Hawks led the league in batting average in the two seasons that Buckner worked with the team.
It was fun.I kind of always wanted to do that, Buckner said. I enjoy the young kids probably even more so than the big league guys.They're anxious to learn and they have a lot of energy.
I know with Buck being in town, maybe we can sneak him out of the house and get him down to the stadium and at least throw batting practice a couple of time this year, Van Tol added.
The Cubs have announced that Jesus Feliciano will replace Buckner as hitting coach assigned to the Boise Hawks. Guillermo Martinez will also join manager Van Tol as the assistant coach of the Hawks.