Nostalgia: Whatever Happened to … Jeffrey Leonard?

jl.jpgAh, Jeffrey Leonard.

Where do we start on this one?

“The HacMan” roamed the Giants’ outfield during the mid-80s, culminating with the 1987 NLCS MVP award (even though the Giants lost). But the funny thing about that MVP award is that before the season started, Leonard convinced the Giants to include a clause in his contract, stating that he would receive $50,000 bonus if he was the NLCS MVP. What were the odds, huh?

Leonard had previously gained infamy during the 1986 Pittsburgh drug trials. Along with six others (including Keith “I’m Keith Hernandez” Hernandez), he was suspended for the season after admitting to cocaine abuse (though the suspensions were later avoided).

The HacMan was quite the personality. He taunted opposing pitchers with his signature “one-flap-down” homerun trot: he very slowly jogged around the bases with one arm down and the other extended. Opposing pitchers did not appreciate the gesture.

After retiring in 1990, he was on the 1996 Hall of Fame ballot. He received zero votes, which was not enough to get into Cooperstown.

Leonard was briefly the GM of the Sonoma County Crushers of the Western Baseball League, a short-lived independent minor league system that folded in 2002. He then took the head coaching job with the Antelope Valley College Marauders for several years, but has since been replaced by another coach. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Oh, and his other nickname was Penitentiary Face. Really.

Jeffrey Leonard [wikipedia]


7 Responses to Nostalgia: Whatever Happened to … Jeffrey Leonard?

  1. Huge Fan says:

    Jeffrey is doing fabulous! He has a wonderful wife, is a grandfather of 5 and has taken on bowling as his 2nd sport. He is training for the Senior PBA tour. He still resides in CA.

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  3. jose antonio hernandez says:

    the double cero jeff leonardo bueno yo era un fan alla desde que jugaba con los venados de mazatlan aun puedo recordar grandes jugadas atrapadas y bateadas muy lejos fuera del estadio teodoro mariscal

  4. Victor Antonio Ramirez Garcia says:

    All the baseball fans in Mazatlan remember you Jeff Leonard, thank you for everything; IMHO you were and are the best filder of “Venados de Mazatlán”. I was 12-18 age when I saw you in the Teodoro Mariscal Stadium. Actually a lot of people here say “ohhh the double zero; Jeff Leonard, the strong arm of the field” I wish you were here, thank you again. Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

  5. Carolina says:

    All I know is he borrowed thousands of dollars from me over the years and never repaid me. I truly do not know how he can live with himself for making promises he never intended to keep.

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