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Tony Clark | First Baseman

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (45) / 6/15/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 245
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 1990 / Rd. 1 (2) / DET

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Tony Clark has had discussions with the Diamondbacks about joining the club in a baseball operations role.
Clark was released from the D'Backs in early July and has drawn little interest from other organizations. "I told my wife after I got the news that my playing career may be done," he said Friday. "If it is time to move on to the next chapter it could be a 30-year one so I want to get it right." Sat, Aug 22, 2009 10:04:00 AM
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Diamondbacks released first baseman Tony Clark.

Not a surprise. Clark may have a few homers left in his bat yet, but there wasn't any reason for the Diamondbacks to keep using him. They'll probably call up Josh Whitesell and add him to the mix at first base. Clark, who was 4-for-16 with a homer and two doubles as a pinch-hitter, would make sense in Colorado if Garrett Atkins is traded.
Sun, Jul 12, 2009 11:45:00 PM

Diamondbacks activated first baseman Tony Clark from the 15-day disabled list.

Clark has been sidelined since May 4 with strained ligament in his right hand. He was batting just .179 before the injury and struggled in his minor league rehab stint by going just 4-for-25.
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 10:17:00 PM

Tony Clark, on the disabled list with a strained ligament in his right hand, is 2-for-16 with three walks in four games at Triple-A Reno.

Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that Clark could rejoin the club this weekend. We'd like to see him spend more time at Triple-A working on his swing. After all, the 37-year-old was batting just .179/.258/.429 before he was sidelined.
Wed, Jun 17, 2009 10:13:00 AM

Tony Clark (hand) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

Clark has been out since May 6 with a strained ligament in his right hand, and may require an extended stay in Triple-A to find his swing. Part of the reason he was placed on the disabled list in the first place was because he couldn't comfortably take cuts with the bat.
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 09:26:00 AM

First baseman Tony Clark (hand) is getting close to a rehab assignment according to Arizona manager A.J. Hinch.

According to Hinch Clark could begin the assignment as soon as next week. He's been out since May 6, so he may need an extended stay to get his swing back.
Sat, Jun 6, 2009 08:21:00 AM

Tony Clark (hand strain) has hit off a tee the past two days.

He's hoping to begin taking soft toss over the weekend and batting practice sessions should begin next week. "It's feeling OK," Clark said. "The telltale will be when I get on the field, because right now I can control it a little bit."
Wed, May 20, 2009 11:12:00 AM

Diamondbacks placed first baseman Tony Clark on the 15-day disabled list with a strained ligament in his right hand.

Clark suffered the injury during spring training and re-aggravated it in late April. He's unable to swing comfortably from the left side and could require more than 15 days to heal. Josh Whitesell was recalled to take his place.
Wed, May 6, 2009 07:25:00 PM

Tony Clark still has some discomfort from a strained ligament in his right hand that cost him time in spring training.

Clark is still wearing a wrap where he hurt the ligament. Arizona says it isn't a factor in Clark's 1-for-10 performance from the left side this season, and plans to continue using him as a pinch-hitter in that spot.
Sun, Apr 19, 2009 08:31:00 AM

Tony Clark, getting a surprise start on Opening Day, homered twice to drive in three runs as the Diamondbacks edged the Rockies 9-8 on Monday.

Clark and Felipe Lopez homered off Aaron Cook early and left-handed relievers later. They were the first pair of switch-hitting teammates to homer from both sides of the plate in a game since Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams did it for the Yankees on April 23, 2000. Now we have to see whether the big game gets Clark another start Tuesday. He was in the lineup over Mark Reynolds today because of the desire to play left-handed hitters against Cook. He's supposed to be a pinch-hitter primarily.
Mon, Apr 6, 2009 07:14:00 PM

The Diamondbacks and Tony Clark have reportedly come to terms on a one-year, $800,000 contract.

It was only a matter of time. If Eric Byrnes stays, then Clark will be used primarily as a pinch-hitter by the Diamondbacks.
Fri, Jan 2, 2009 03:38:00 PM

The Diamondbacks are close to re-signing Tony Clark to a one-year deal.

Clark will probably receive around $750,000. He hit .225/.359/.318 with three dingers and 24 RBI in 151 at-bats last season.
Sat, Dec 20, 2008 10:29:00 AM

The Diamondbacks are believed to have offered free agent Tony Clark $700,000-$800,000 to return as a bench player.

Clark made $900,000 last season, so it wouldn't be much of a cut. Given that he wants to stay in Arizona, it's likely that a deal will be struck.
Thu, Dec 11, 2008 04:10:00 PM

The Diamondbacks are working to re-sign Tony Clark, presumably to a one-year deal.

"I think Tony has got a decent chance to sign back with us," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's a guy that we realized the importance of a couple of years ago -- a veteran guy who is not only extremely important in the clubhouse, but he gives us a veteran presence off the bench whether it's pinch-hitting, whether it's spot starts." Clark, 36, hit .206/.338/.333 with 13 RBI in 63 at-bats after rejoining Arizona in a trade with the Padres last July.
Mon, Dec 8, 2008 08:22:00 PM

Diamondbacks acquired first baseman Tony Clark from the Padres for RHP Evan Scribner.

Clark never made a lot of sense in San Diego, and he was likely more than happy to waive his $500,000 trade kicker to return to Arizona. He shouldn't get as much playing time as he did last year, at least not unless he gets hot, but he figures to get a start or two per week anyway. That's better than he was doing in San Diego, at least outside of interleague play. Chris Burke will lose at-bats against lefties with Clark taking over as Chad Tracy's platoonmate. Emilio Bonifacio figures to be sent down.
Thu, Jul 17, 2008 07:01:00 PM

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