His reason: His baseball playing son, The Post-Dispatch wrote.
"I really liked it (coaching) but I wanted to see my son play," Hartmann told The Post-Dispatch, after he eventually took a job coaching his son. "I figured it was one or the other."
The elder Hartmann eventually got to see his son play at higher levels. Reid Hartmann went on to play in college and in the pros. His pro career lasted three seasons. He never made the majors.
Hartmann's pro career began in 1988, taken by the Mets in the 41st round of the draft out of St. Louis Community College-Meramec. He played his high school at Mehlville High in St. Louis.
At Meramec, Hartman went 3 for 4 in a March 1987 game. He also knocked the game-winner. He hit .396 that year, then lost most of the next with a injured thumb.
He started with the Mets in 1988 in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .239 in in 34 games.
Hartmann played 1989 at rookie Kingsport. He scored in a July game. He got into 66 games overall and hit .295.
He then played 1990 between single-A Columbia, high-A St. Lucie and AA Jackson. He saw Jackson for eight games and knocked a double in one contest. He hit a bases-loaded single at St. Lucie. He hit .218 in 78 games between the three levels to end his career.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 7, 1986: Coach Has Best Of Both Worlds