Originally posted on The GM's Perspective  |  Last updated 1/8/13
The five-time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have hired Shane Spencer as their hitting coach and third base coach. For those who don’t remember, Shane Spencer was in large part, responsible for one of the greatest playoff moments in the history of the game. In Game 3 of the 2001 American League Division series, Terrance Long hit a lined shot down the right field line. With Jeremy Giambi rounding third, right fielder Spencer over threw the cut-off man, resulting in Derek Jeter-completely out of place-picking up the errant throw. With a backhand flip to catcher Jorge Posada, he tagged out Giambi at home turning the tide of the series. Shane Spencer spent parts of seven seasons in the Bigs, five of those with the New York Yankees. Never the main attraction, Spencer was one of those irreplaceable pieces of the Yankee’s dynasty in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. In nearly 1700 career at-bats Spencer collected 84 doubles, belted 59 home runs and knocked in 242. He batted .262 with an OPS of .754. According to The Messenger-Gazette, Spencer will be replacing Travis Anderson who has served as the hitting/third base coach since 2010. Anderson will continue to stay on with the team in other capacities. According to Brett Jodie, Manager of the Patriots who spoke with the Gazette, Spencer’s knowledge and experience will be of great value, “Shane brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff. His experiences as a player and coach will be extremely valuable in helping us produce a championship caliber team. I very much look forward to working with him towards our common goal.” The Patriots begin play at home on April 18. If you are looking for more information on Spencer and the Patriots please visit their website. Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NCAA frees Kansas blue chipper Cheick Diallo

Rockets hold in-season training camp in attempt to rebound from disastrous start

Kansas City Chiefs: No Jamaal Charles, no problem

How the Warriors can win 72 games

Frank Gifford suffered from CTE, family announces

Syracuse basketball gets one scholarship per year back


LeBron James says his back feels better than it did a year ago

Sean Payton on firing Rob Ryan: Status quo ‘would be madness’

Report: Blue Jackets listening to offers for Ryan Johansen

Report: Greg Hardy cancels club event after 'catching heat'

Jed Lowrie returning to Oakland after A's-Astros trade

Mike Pettine discusses Johnny Manziel’s present, future

Jimmy Butler wants Mason Plumlee to pay his $2,500 fine

Jose Bautista's bat flip inspires a holiday sweater

The Kristaps Porzingis comparison project

What’s next for Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns?

Gisele Bundchen asks Tom Brady ‘all the time’ why he still plays football

Highlighting the biggest NFL games of Week 12

Greg Olsen calls Jason Witten 'the epitome of a pro'

Are Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux growing apart?

Stop sleeping on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Worst-case scenarios for end of college football season

Capitals, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis opposed to 'meddling'

Thanksgiving college hoops: An alternative to the NFL

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

Blue Jays fans create website in effort to keep David Price

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker