Good news & a surprise for Giants’ Flannery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Being the bearer of good news was nice. But in this case, it also was a little unsettling.

Saturday, I congratulated Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery on being named to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ Hall of Fame, which I learned when a co-worker forwarded me a story on the subject. I also wanted to ask Flannery a few questions about it for either a short article or a blog entry like this one.

Flannery just stared at me. “I had not heard anything about it,” he said.

Well, now he knows. For the record, Flannery’s 1994 Quakes club finished 77-59 — despite, as he told me, losing their first 11 games of the second half. He said that they collected back-to-back hits only once during that stretch. “We thought it was going to be a tough, long summer,” Flannery said.

Flannery’s club, which won the only California League championship in Quakes history, included Derrek Lee, who was part of Rancho Cucamonga’s charter HOF class in 2007.  “He grew into a man that season,” Flannery said of the future Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman.

Lee, then 18, played third base that year. “He could pick it,” Flannery said. “That’s why he’s such a great first baseman.”

— Chris Haft

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