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Clinton Daniel Gladden
Clinton Daniel Gladden

Full Name: Clinton Daniel Gladden III
Born July 7, 1957 in San Jose, CA
Bats Right, Throws Right
Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
Nickname(s): "Dazzle"
Primary Position: Left Field
College: DeAnza Community College; Fresno State University
Drafted: Signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent, 1979
Post Season: 1984 Topps All-Star Rookie Team; Won 2 World Series Rings (with 1987 & 1991 Minnesota Twins


Clinton Daniel "Dan" Gladden was born July 7, 1957 in San Jose, California. He attended California State University, Fresno and was signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in 1979.

Dan Gladden was hitting .397 at Triple-A Phoenix in 1984 when he was promoted to the Giants, and the speedy outfielder maintained his torrid pace in San Francisco, batting .351 with 31 stolen bases in 86 games as the Giants centerfielder. He earned spots on both the Topps and Baseball Digest all-rookie teams that year.

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Dan Gladden was traded to the Twins before the 1987 season in a deal that involved Dan and David Blakely in exchange for Luis Vasquez, Jose Dominquez, and Bryan Hickerson. Hickerson was the only other player involved in the deal who reached the major leagues.

In 1987, Dan Gladden was switched from centerfield to left, where he started regularly for the World Champion Twins. He made a big impact in his first season with the Twins. He led the team in stolen bases for the first of four straight seasons as the Twins captured the AL West crown. In the World Series, Dan Gladden's grand slam off Bob Forsch keyed the Twins' game 1 victory over the Cardinals, and Dan finished the series with a .290 batting average and 7 RBI’s as the Twins won their first-ever world championship.

He would earn another ring with the Twins in 1991, when they beat the Atlanta Braves in what is generally regarded as the greatest World Series ever played. Dan led the Twins in triples that year and continued to serve as their leadoff hitter and starting leftfielder. In the postseason, Dan hit two triples and stole five bases, but he is most often remembered for scoring the winning run of the Twins' victory over the Atlanta Braves in game 7 of the World Series. Dan led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a hustling bloop double, and later that inning, with the bases loaded, Gene Larkin hit a deep fly ball over a drawn-in Braves outfield, allowing Dan to score the Series-ending run.

One of only five players to play on both Twins world championship teams (along with Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, Gene Larkin, and Randy Bush); Dan Gladden was Minnesota's primary leadoff hitter and leftfielder from 1987 until 1991.

Despite the thrilling game 7 championship victory and solid numbers, Dan Gladden felt the front office was less than enthusiastic when it came to offering him a new contract. In December, at the age of 35, he signed a free-agent deal with the Tigers. A slow start was followed by a month-long stint on the disabled list, and he slumped badly in the second half.

Dan rebounded with a career-high 13 homers in 1993. On August 11, 1993, Dan Gladden hits a grand slam in Detroit's 15-5 win over the Orioles. He also hit a grand slam in the previous game against Baltimore, making him the 14th player in history to do so in consecutive games.

He then spent the 1994 season with fellow expatriate Henry Cotto on Japan's Yomiuri Giants. "It was an experience that allowed me to learn more about other styles and history of baseball in another culture. To this day I still practice some of the drills and philosophies that I learned from playing in Japan," reported Dan. He helped the Tokyo Giants to a victory in the 1994 Japan World Series.

Dan Gladden then retired from the game as a player, but remained active as a scout. He even scouted for the Twins during spring training of 1995.

During the 1996-98 seasons he was the advance scout for the Colorado Rockies, working with manager Don Baylor and his staff in helping their team prepare to play other National League teams.

In 1999 he was the roving, outfield, base running, bunting instructor for the San Francisco Giants. Having worked with Dusty Baker and other Giant coaching staff members in helping players reach their potential. "It was a very rewarding job and experience to see those young players developing and improving their skills," he said.

In 2000, Gladden became a radio analyst for the Twins on WCCO. He continues to host baseball camps for youth. Dan Gladden truly loves the game of baseball and that is why he is a Minnesota “great.”

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