Thom Brennaman accidentally killed off Jack Clark during yesterday’s Reds game.
Former MLB All-Star outfielder Jack Clark was in for a real surprise when he tuned into Thom Brennaman’s call of the Cincinnati Reds game yesterday, as Brennaman claimed that Clark had died recently despite evidence to the contrary,
During the Reds‘ second game of the 2020 season against the Detroit Tigers, Brennaman said that Clark had passed away during the middle of one of his stories. Here’s the only problem with that anecdote — Clark is alive and well.
Despite what Brennaman said, Jack Clark is all right.
Clark, known as “Jack the Ripper” during his playing days, played for 18 seasons in the MLB, 10 of which came with the San Francisco Giants. A power hitter with a great eye at the plate, Clark was an All-Star four times, a Top 12 finisher in the MVP race five times, and the league’s walk leader three times in a four-year span.
Clark was never a particularly well-liked player. In addition to very public feuds with two of the most beloved players in baseball history in Ozzie Smith and the late Tony Gwynn, Clark often made headlines for his comments about how he hates the American League and how he disliked the fans in San Diego during his days as a Padre.
While Brennaman did offer an apology, he should probably get some sort of confirmation before reporting as fact that a prominent outfielder in the 1980s has kicked the bucket.
Clark might not be the most well-liked guy around the league, but Brennaman declaring him dead during a broadcast seems a bit harsh. Giants fans who mourned the loss of one of the greatest corner outfielders in team history can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Clark is doing fine.