Padres360 includes honoring our past, encouraging our future, and supporting our team. Throwback Thursdays are devoted to honoring our past. We are very honored to share this about Walt Hriniak.
Walt Hriniak is famous for being a hitting coach. He started working with Red Sox hitters in the 70’s and worked with young Red Sox hitters like Dwight Evans, Fred Lynn and Jim Rice. In 1985, Walt moved on to the Chicago White Sox after the death of Charlie Lau and worked with future Hall Of Fame 1B Frank Thomas. Did you know he was also a former Padres player? He played with San Diego Padres in their expansion year of 1969 and finished his major league career here in 1970. Here are a couple questions he took the time to answer for us.
We wrote to Walt and here are the responses that he provided:
Padres360 – Who was your favorite player on the Padres when you played on the club?
Walt – My favorite teammate was Cito Gaston. We were really good friends and are still. He is truly a great person.
Padres360 – What advice would you have for players coming up through the minors today?
Walt – Take care of yourself, try to be the best you can be and never give up.
We hope you enjoyed hearing a bit from Walt