Brian Hunter (huntebr01)

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Brian Ronald Hunter

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On July 24, 1991, Brian Hunter hit a home run off Vicente Palacios in Three Rivers Stadium in the 5th inning of a 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which in and of itself is not notable. Also on that date, the Richmond Braves - with whom Hunter had began the year - finished a suspended game against the Pawtucket Red Sox, which also isn't notable on its own. Hunter had homered in that AAA game prior to its suspension, which gave him two home runs for two different teams at two different levels on the same day. He finished 4th in the 1991 Rookie of the Year race on the strength of his .251/.296/.450 slash line.

On May 4, 1996 he was signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners; the M's were looking for a right-handed hitting first baseman to serve as a platoon partner with Paul Sorrento (who hit .167 against southpaws in 1996) after Ricky Jordan went down with an injury which would keep him out of action until September. Hunter slashed .268/.327/.424, good enough to see playing time at both corner outfield spots against right-handers when Sorrento was in the lineup; he wound up playing 75 games and relegated Jordan to pinch hitting duties upon his return. Despite that strong season, he spent all of 1997 in AAA in the Cincinnati Reds chain, but hit .281/.336/.492 with the Indianapolis Indians.

After his major league career ended, Brian Hunter worked as a scout. He scouted for the New York Mets, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves and signed Marco Estrada.

He is not to be confused with his contemporary, Brian L. Hunter, a speedy outfielder who also spent time with the Mariners.

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