CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt will make his managerial debut Thursday night for the Philadelphia Phillies' Class-A affiliate.
The three-time MVP became the first former player hired as a minor league manager after being elected to the Hall when he signed a one-year contract to run the Clearwater Threshers - formerly the Phillies - Oct. 14. The Threshers host the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto's affiliate Thursday.
In 1995, Schmidt, considered one of the best third baseman in baseball history, became just the 26th player elected into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. In his 18-year career, all with Philadelphia, Schmidt hit 548 homers - ninth all-time, won 10 gold gloves and made 12-All-Star appearances.
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