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David William Hynes

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 220 lb.

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David Hynes was an Olympic outfielder.

Hynes debuted in the Australian Baseball League in its first season in 1989-1990, hitting .220/.264/.260 for the Parramatta Patriots; he was somewhat better (.230/.321/.324) in 1990-1991. The Patriots were replaced by the Sydney Blues in 1991-1992 and the 20-year-old batted .290/.361/.421, followed by .239/.330/.455 in 1992-1993 and .220/.339/.600 with 5 homers in 50 at-bats as a backup in 1993-1994. The power must have intrigued the Australian national team as they put him on their roster for the 1994 Baseball World Cup, hitting .318/.400/.682 with 7 runs in 7 games; he backed up Stuart Thompson at DH and split right field with Michael Dunn. He tied Scott Tunkin for the team lead in runs.

David hit .276/.372/.600 with 8 homers in 36 games for Sydney in 1994-1995. He had a career year with the Brisbane Bandits in 1995-1996; still only 23, he hit .370/.447/.548 with 38 runs and 43 RBI in 42 games. He finished among the ABL leaders in average (4th behind Adam Burton, Jason Hewitt and Dunn), OBP (4th behind Burton, Hewitt and Dunn), runs (tied for 5th) and RBI (4th behind Gary White, Craig Watts and Scott Metcalf). He was named a first-team All-Star outfielder alongside Dunn and Grant McDonald. He then was Australia's top hitter in the 1996 Olympics, going 9 for 20 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, 3 walks, 5 runs and 3 RBI, though he struggled defensively (2 errors in 10 chances). His OPS was 112 points ahead of Tunkin, who was second on Australia. The home run came off Rob Cordemans. He also had the game-winning RBI in Australia's 9-6 upset win over the Japanese national team, the eventual Silver Medalists.

At his prime, Hynes dropped baseball, as he had graduated with a legal degree and went to work in the legal field. He later was a director for the ABL, the Australian Baseball Federation and other organizations. He was an Arbitrator at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Appeals Tribunals. He worked for Stockland and Meriton Apartments and as a director of Winston Langley Burlington.

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