Dave Kingman left the Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific...

Aug. 5, 1987
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PHOENIX -- Dave Kingman left the Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League (AAA) following Tuesday night's game against Albuquerque after receiving no offers to join a major league club.

He joined the Firebirds July 11 after signing a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants.

The contract contained a unique clause giving Kingman the right to release himself at any time.

Kingman played in 20 games for the Firebirds, hitting .203 with two home runs and 11 RBI. He sat out the final three games with Phoenix with an injury to his right big toe.

Kingman did not come to bat in his final outing with Phoenix, but treated his Firebirds teammates to steaks after the game.

'Dave is an outstanding individual,' Firebirds manager Wendell Kim said. 'He had a short spring training. I wish someone had picked him up.'

He hit at least 30 home runs in each of the past three seasons, all with the Oakland Athletics. Oakland decided not to re-sign him after last season, making him a free agent. He received no offers.

Kingman said he will pursue business interests in Los Angeles, but indicated he would be interested in returning to the majors if an offer is tendered.

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