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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Horace Gaither made adjustments at plate in third pro season, didn't get another; Briefly made AAA

Horace Gaither hadn't been hitting well going into this May 1991 game, but a meeting with some coaches helped change that, he told The South Bend Tribune.

After that meeting, he went out and knocked a bases loaded double and then scored, The Tribune wrote.

"They saw some adjustments I needed to make," Gaither told The Tribune. "They suggested that I choke up more because I didn't have enough plate coverage. I have to give them the credit."

Gaither made those adjustments in his third season as a pro. While they helped him that game, they couldn't help him for long. That season proved his last. He briefly made it to AAA.

Gaither's career began in 1989, taken by the White Sox in the 39th round of the draft out of Southern University.

Gaither started with the White Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .297 over 47 games. That August, he spoke with The Mount Carmel Daily Republican-Register about his experience that far. 

"It's really a thrill to be here and even more of a thrill to be playing every day and having a good season," Gaither told The Daily Republican-Register. It is different than any thing I have ever done, but it is a great experience and I'm making a lot of new friends."

Gaither moved to high-A Sarasota for much of 1990. But he also saw 16 games at AA Binghamton and one at AAA Vancouver. He went 0 for 3 at Vancouver. He hit .170 on the year.

Gaither returned to Sarasota for seven games in 1991. He also saw 61 at single-A South Bend. He hit .251 overall to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,808
Made the Majors:1,284-33.7%
Never Made Majors:2,524-66.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:526
10+ Seasons in the Minors:320

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