Jerry Willard

Jerry Willard
Jerry Willard
Born: March 14, 1960 (1960-03-14) (age 51)
Oxnard, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 11, 1984 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 19, 1994 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average     .249
Home runs     25
Runs batted in     114

Gerald Duane Willard (born March 14, 1960, in Oxnard, California) was a Major League Baseball catcher.

Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1979, Willard would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Cleveland Indians on April 11, 1984, and appeared in his final game on May 19, 1994.

Willard's career was spent mostly in obscurity, however he did experience one significant moment of fame. On October 23, 1991, playing for the Atlanta Braves in the 1991 World Series against the Minnesota Twins, Willard would make his only series plate appearance in the bottom of the 9th of a 2-2 game, having been sent up to pinch-hit for Francisco Cabrera after a Minnesota pitching change with Mark Lemke on 3rd Base. Facing top reliever Steve Bedrosian with one out, Willard would loft a high fly out to Right Fielder Shane Mack, which proved to be just barely deep enough to score Lemke with the winning run that won the game for the Braves.[citation needed]

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