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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " EUGENE ANTHONY (GENE) CLINES " IS A FORMER OUTFIELDER IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, CLINES PLAYED FOR PITTSBURGH PIRATES 1070-1974 : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Eugene Anthony (Gene) Clines (born October 6, 1946 in San Pablo, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball, Clines played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1970–1974), New York Mets (1975), Texas Rangers (1976) and Chicago Cubs (1977–1979). He was also the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs from 2005 to 2006. From 2003 to 2004, he was the team's first base coach before being promoted to hitting coach. He batted and threw right-handed. He is a 1966 graduate of Harry Ells High School in Richmond, California.
In a 10-season career, Clines posted a .277 batting average with 187 RBI, 71 stolen bases, and five home runs in 870 games.
A fast runner with excellent defensive skills, Clines debuted in 1970 with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a reserve outfielder, hitting .405 (15-for-37) in 31 games in his rookie year. He went to the postseason with Pittsburgh in the 1971, 1972 and 1974 National League Championship Series, winning a World Series ring with the Pirates in 1971. His most productive season came in 1972, when he posted career-highs in average (.334), doubles (15), and triples (six) in 107 games. Clines also played with the New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs, and retired during the 1979 campaign and took over the Cubs' first base coaching duties.
Clines remained with the Cubs as first base coach under manager Bob Kennedy until 1981, then joined the Houston Astrosorganization as a roving minor league hitting instructor, a position he held through 1987. Later he worked as a hitting coach for Houston in 1988 and spent six seasons as a hitting coach in the American League for the Seattle Mariners (1989–1992) andMilwaukee Brewers (1993–1994) before start a six-year stint with the San Francisco Giants as a hitting coach and outfield coach (1995–2002), as he guided National League MVP Award winners Jeff Kent (2000) and Barry Bonds (2001 and 2002). During the 2002 World Series with the Giants he wore a microphone for FOX and when Bonds hit his first career World Series home run he screamed, "OH MY GOD!"
In 2003, Clines returned to the Chicago Cubs as their first base coach. He was named hitting coach prior to the 2005 season. 2006 was his 20th season on a major league coaching staff.
In 2007, he assumed the position of outfield and base running coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers system. In 2010, he was promoted to the position of Senior Advisor, Player Development with the Dodgers.