The approach didn't work as McCormick grounded out, but Bubalo told The Bulletin he wouldn't change his approach.
"With the guys we had up there, McCormick and Amner (Reyes), I'm letting them swing the bat," Bubalo told The Bulletin. "Maybe we break it open with a big inning."
Despite his early success in that game, McCormick couldn't get himself another professional season. He played in two seasons, but didn't get a third.
McCormick's career began in 1988, signed late the previous year by the Athletics as a free agent out of his native Connecticut.
He played his first season in the rookie Arizona League. He hit .223 in 45 games. He knocked in 19 runs and stole five bases.
He then isn't credited as playing at all in 1989. He returned with the Athletics for 1990 and was assigned to single-A Madison. He got into 19 games there, hitting just .163.
McCormick played the rest of the year at short-season Bend. In late July, McCormick was taking part in early words just before a brawl. He stayed in the game to hit a two-run double.
McCormick then gave his team a late lead in this August 1990 game on a home run, according to The Bulletin. He also had an early September two-run single.
Overall, McCormick got into 72 games for Bend that year. He hit .239, with three home runs. It was his final season as a pro.
- Bend Bulletin, Aug. 1, 1990: Brawling Bucks beaten by Boise
- Bend Bulletin, Aug. 20, 1990: Bucks fall into last place after blowing lead
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