Bob Parry assessed his Poway High School hitters.
"Any one of them can hit the ball out of the park at any time," Parry told The Pomerado News that March. "There's not a weak spot in the lineup … and there's two or three in the lineup that can step up right up and do the same thing."
Years earlier, Parry could hit the ball out of the park a few times himself. He did so as a pro for four seasons, though he never made AA.
Parry's professional career began in 1987, taken by the Athletics in the 32nd round out of San Diego State University.
At San Diego State, Parry knocked in four runs in an April 1986 game. He then picked up three hits and knocked in four more runs in another game that month.
With the Athletics, Parry started at short-season Medford. He hit .265, with three home runs over 66 games.
He moved to single-A Madison for 1988. He hit .237 with five home runs there. In 1989, it was single-A Modesto. He hit .269 there, with eight home runs.
For 1990, Parry played most of the year at Modesto, getting two games back at Madison. At Madison in April, Parry started a ninth-inning rally with a bunt. Overall, he hit .248. It was his final season as a pro.
Parry soon went into coaching and teaching. He continues in those roles in 2014, serving with Poway High in California.
- Pomerado News, March 18, 2009: Baseball squads come out swinging