What a thrill: Giants surprise Will Clark and fans by saying they’ll retire his number

San Francisco Giants fans may or may not get their wish of seeing Will Clark as manager next year, but they can start preparing for a different celebration: seeing The Thrill get his number retired.

Giants president and chief executive officer Larry Baer surprised Clark and everyone else with the news Sunday during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1989 World Series team. When Clark’s 22 is retired next season, he’ll join Barry Bonds as the only two Giants not in the Hall of Fame to see their numbers taken out of commission.

Much like during his playing career, Clark didn’t hold back his emotions when addressing the Oracle Park fans.

“Wow,” Clark said. “You guys are screaming, and I’m trying to scream right through my skin right now. To know I’m going to be out on that wall with Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Barry Bonds … is absolutely unbelievable.

“It’s something I’ll never forget. This is my hall of fame. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Clark’s number has been worn by 22 players since he left the Giants after the 1993 season, the most recent being Andrew McCutchen in 2018. He’s been generous about other players wearing the number – Christian Arroyo said when he asked Clark, “He told me I could have it because there’s hits in it.”

Clark’s news comes as Giants manager Bruce Bochy nears the end of his last season before retiring. Clark could become a candidate for the job, telling NBC Sports earlier this month that “It’s not off the radar, but I’d definitely have to have some help and some more experience.”

Greg Keraghosian is an SFGATE homepage editor. Email: greg.keraghosian@sfgate.com 

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