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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Pat Hedge hit the ball over three pro seasons, later turned roving strength coach

Pat Hedge's University of Hartford stayed alive in its 1988 conference championship tournament with Hodge's help, as well as teammate Jeff Bagwell, The Hartford Courant wrote.

Hedge picked up three hits, one a home run. Bagwell also had three hits, The Courant wrote.

"It seems like when one guy hits the ball it becomes contagious," Hedge told The Courant. "When the other guy hits you want to hit."

Hedge went on from Hartford to turn pro. His career lasted three seasons. He topped out at high-A. He then turned coach.

Hedge's pro career began in 1989, taken by the Orioles in the 22nd round of the draft out of Hartford.

Hedge started with the Orioles at short-season Erie. He hit .207 in 53 games, with 23 RBI.

He moved to high-A Frederick for 1990 and returned there in 1991. He made 67 games there in 1990 and hit .227. He got into 90 games in 1991 and hit .192. That second season at Frederick proved his last as a pro.

Hedge then moved into coaching. In 1996, he served as Orioles roving strength and conditioning coordinator.

"I played hard and I worked hard and I was always in pretty good shape, so the guys pretty much respect me," Hedge told The Victorville Daily Press that May. "Coming from me - a guy who's been through the minor leagues, through busrides and all of that - they know what I really do understand what they're going through."

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,110
Made the Majors:1,361-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,749-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:554
10+ Seasons in the Minors:336

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