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Robert Alton Cluck

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.

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Pitcher Bob Cluck played in the minors from 1967 to 1974, reaching AAA from 1972-1974. Cluck began his playing career in 1967 with the Salt Lake City Giants of the San Francisco Giants organization. In 21 games, he went 3-2 with a 4.20 ERA.

From 1968 to 1971, Cluck played in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. In 1968, he pitched for the Clinton Pilots and Salem Rebels, going a combined 2-2 with a 1.61 ERA in five games started. In 1969, he pitched for the Rebels, going 10-4 with a 2.25 ERA in 20 games (18 starts). Had he qualified, he would have ranked second in the Carolina League in ERA. He spent the 1970 season with the Waterbury Pirates, going 5-3 with two saves and a 3.10 ERA in 22 games (eight starts). He allowed only 70 hits in 90 innings but walked 55. He led the Eastern League with 12 intentional walks. With Waterbury again in 1971, he went 2-3 with two saves and a 3.80 ERA in 30 games (three starts).

He played in the Houston Astros organization from 1972 to 1975. For the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1972, he went 3-2 with 11 saves and a 3.34 ERA in 46 relief appearances. In 1973, he pitched for the Denver Bears, going 6-3 with 11 saves and a 3.82 ERA in 38 relief appearances; he was three saves shy of the American Association lead. He split the 1974 season between two teams - the Cedar Rapids Astros and the Bears - going a combined 1-3 with five saves and a 2.10 ERA in 24 games. He made one last appearance in 1975, for the Dubuque Packers. In his lone appearance that season, he pitched one inning of perfect baseball.

He managed the Dubuque Packers in 1975-1976. After spending several years as a minor league coach, Cluck managed the Las Vegas Stars in 1984 and 1985. He reached the majors as the Houston Astros pitching coach from 1990 to 1993 and held the same job with the Oakland Athletics from 1996 to 1998. After a stint as a Montreal Expos scout, he was the Detroit Tigers pitching coach from 2003 to 2005. Since 2006, he has been a minor league coach in the San Diego Padres system.

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