SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Former Giants All Star and fan favorite Jeffrey Leonard has joined the San Francisco Giants front office as a Community Ambassador, the club announced today.
In his new role, the two-time All-Star outfielder will represent the organization at various in-season and offseason community events in San Francisco, including the Play Ball Lunch and Breast Cancer Awareness Night at AT&T Park on Wednesday, July 2. He will also attend the Giants Spring Training Camp in Scottsdale, Arizona from March 12-16 to attend several organizational events.
"We are delighted to have Jeffrey back with the organization," said Giants CEO Larry Baer. "He joins a deep bench of Giants alumni who are involved in all aspects of the team. He truly embodies what it means to be a Giant and I can't think of a better ambassador for our organization. I know our fans will be thrilled to see him around the ballpark on a regular basis."
Leonard, a 14-year Major League veteran played for the Giants from 1981-88, compiling a .275 batting average with 139 doubles, 24 triples, 99 home runs and 435 RBI in 789 games. His .275 average as a Giant ranks ninth in the SF-era record books and his 115 stolen bases rank seventh.
Nicknamed "HacMan" after the popular video game PacMan, Leonard was known for his "one flap down" routine, running around the bases after hitting a home run with one arm hanging motionless at his side. He had one of his finest seasons in 1987, when he batted .280 with 19 home runs and was named to the National League All Star team. He was named MVP of the '87 NLCS, after batting .417 with four homers and five RBI, despite San Francisco losing the series to St. Louis four-games-to-three.
The Philadelphia, PA native owned a .266 lifetime average with 144 home runs, 614 runs scored and 723 RBI over 1,415 career games for the Dodgers (1977), Astros (1978-81), Giants (1981-1988), Brewers (1988) and Mariners (1989-90).
Leonard, who currently lives in Roseville, CA, is heavily involved in raising funds for breast cancer research. He has his own organization, "One Flap Down Foundation," centered around promoting awareness and finding a cure for breast cancer.