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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : DODGERS : A Record? Hansen Would Rather Start

August 15, 1993|CHRIS DUFRESNE

Dave Hansen would rather not be closing in on the club's single-season record for pinch hits.

Pinch-hit records are set by bench-warmers, a position Hansen isn't ready to accept at 24.

Still, he got pinch-hit No. 14 in Friday night's loss to the Padres. The club record, 17, was set by teammate Mitch Webster last season.

If Hansen, who got a rare start at third base Saturday, fails to start several more games this season, the record could be his.

"I just look at it as a chance to bat," he said. "I don't get too overwhelmed by the situation."

In other words, he doesn't want to make a career of it.

"It's not something you can master," Hansen said. "You only get one chance a night."

Hansen hopes he can prove to the Dodgers, in rare glimpses, that he can be an everyday player.

"It can help you," he said of the pinch hits. "Every time up I try to show that I can hit. I just wait for chances so I can show them some more."

Hansen said there are no secrets about being a pinch-hitter, other than one's frame of mind.

"It's hard to play baseball negatively," he said. "Whatever I do, I do positively. It's worked out good for me."

Hansen showed he could hit as a regular, too, getting singles in his first two at-bats Saturday night.

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