Two former Liberal Bee Jays from different eras have been sharing the same club house for much of the summer. San Francisco Giant outfielder Hunter Pence and coach Tim Flannery played for the BJ’s. The Giants are in the NLCS after eliminating the Reds last week.
Pence is in his sixth MLB season and has played for the Astros, Phillies, and was traded to the Giants this season. Pence has 138 career homers and 516 RBI’s. The two time MLB all star played for Mike Davidson at Liberal in 2003 for a 22-18 BJ team. Pence played at Texas-Arlington for former BJ coach and player Darin Thomas.
Flannery is the third base coach for Bruce Bochy’s Giants. Flannery is in his 16th year coaching after a 10 year MLB career for the Padres. He played for the 1976 Liberal BJ’s. That team won the first ever Jayhawk League season and placed 7th at the NBC World Series.