Former MLB All-Star Bill Buckner is at PK Park this weekend as the hitting coach for the Boise Hawks, the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
The 62-year-old Buckner has been away from professional baseball since 1997, but last year he spent some time managing in an Independent League (Brockton Rox of the CanAm League) on the East Coast.
Buckner has owned a ranch near Boise since retirement and the opportunity to get back in baseball with the first club he really made a mark with made total sense. (But he had to shave off his iconic mustache as per the rules laid down by the Cubs organization under General Manager Theo Epstein. No one in the dugout is allowed to have facial hair.)
As for the bus trips again in the minors?
"Travel is a little to in the league you know? All night bus rides. So that takes a toll. But I enjoy the Northwest. I try to get out and play a little golf and go fishing," Buckner said.
Buckner played 22 years in the big leagues with a lifetime batting average of .289 with 2,715 hits.
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