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Gary Daniels worked to beat pitchers; Played single pro season

Gary Daniels 1990 Erie Sailors card

BYU's Gary Daniels described his attitude when he went to bat to The Provo Daily Herald in May 1990.

He was going to win, he told The Daily Herald.

"I tell myself that he can't beat me," Daniels, who led the team in hitting, told The Daily Herald of the pitcher. "That no matter what, I'm going to hit the ball hard. He's not going to get the best of me."

Daniels took that attitude from BYU on to the pros. His pro career, however, proved brief, a single season.

Daniels' career began and ended that year in 1990, signed by the independent co-op Erie out of Brigham Young.

At BYU, Daniels helped his team to the NCAA tourney. He opened one game with a hit, but the pitcher proved tougher than expected and Brigham Young fell, The Salt Lake Tribune wrote.

"Usually against a one-pitch pitcher we do very well," Daniels told The Tribune.

With Erie, The Daily Herald checked in with him in early July. A team official told the paper Daniels was doing well and hit .333 over six games.

Daniels saw 41 total games with Erie. He hit .258, with 14 RBI in his only season as a pro.

Gary Daniels 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,250
Made the Majors:1,385-32.6%
Never Made Majors:2,865-67.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:347

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