The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs take on the York Revolution to start a four game set and to kickoff a seven game home stand. Daryl Thompson takes the mound at 7:05 on dollar hot dog night as the Crabs’ look to break a five game losing streak.
Last week’s August 12th game vs Bridgeport marked the conclusion of a career in baseball as RHP Erik Hamren hung up the cleats after a eight year career in the game to pursue a career in aviation.
Hamren’s journey to professional baseball started in 2008 when the Chicago Cubs drafted him in the 37th round of the amateur draft out of Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, CA).
He made his major league debut in a San Diego Padres uniform on August 1st, 2011, when he held the Los Angles Dodgers scoreless in the ninth inning of that game. He went on to have a
4.38 ERA over 12.1 MLB innings pitched.
Erik joined the Blue Crabs last year, posting a 2.41 ERA over 37.1 IP before being picked up by the Texas Rangers organization, pitching for their AA affiliate Frisco.
Erik returned to the Blue Crabs in 2015 as the closer. He recorded 24 saves, a career high, in 37.0 IP which was good for third best in the league at the time of his retirement.
Broadcaster Jim Tarabocchia caught up with Hamren after Wednesday’s game:
- Hamren on his decision to retire.
- When the decision to retire came, Hamren said “it felt right” to move on.
- Hamren on what got him into aviation.
- Hamren on his time in Southern Maryland: “It was great.”