Erik Hanson (baseball)

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Erik Hanson
Born: (1965-05-18) May 18, 1965 (age 53)
Kinnelon, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 1988, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
June 8, 1998, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 89–84
Earned run average 4.15
Strikeouts 1,175
Career highlights and awards

Erik Brian Hanson (born May 18, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. During an 11-year baseball career, he pitched for the Seattle Mariners (1988–1993), Cincinnati Reds (1994), Boston Red Sox (1995), and Toronto Blue Jays (1996–1998). He attended Wake Forest University and was known for possessing an excellent curveball.

Raised in Kinnelon, New Jersey,[1] Hanson played high school baseball at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey,[2] where he played for coach Lew Watts.[3]

Hanson won a career high 18 games for the Mariners in 1990 and was a 1995 American League All-Star selection for the Red Sox compiling a 15–5 record that year. Hanson pitched 8 innings in game 2 of the 1995 ALDS Game 2, receiving the loss in a 4–0 decision.[4]


  1. ^ Maloney, Tom. "Hanson gets the nod for opener: Jays' newcomer wants to make numbers do the talking for him", The Hamilton Spectator, March 30, 1996. Accessed August 21, 2012. "A 6-foot-6 righthander from Kinnelon, N.J., an unsigned draft pick of the Expos in 1983, an All-American at intellectually demanding Wake Forest in '85, a relentless worker, [Erik Hanson]'s best work as a pro has always seemed right around the corner."
  2. ^ Moylan, Kyle "Major leaguer steps to plate for Peddie School: Pitcher, alum Erik Hanson donates $365,000 for field house upgrade", Princeton Packet, January 9, 1999, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 2, 2008. Accessed February 27, 2011. "When Erik Hanson left the Peddie School in 1983, he left behind a legacy of pitching greatness."
  3. ^ "Former Coach Lew Watts Dies". Preddie School. July 3, 2003. Archived from the original on September 16, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ 1995 ALDS

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Preceded by
Brian Holman
Opening Day starting pitcher
for the Seattle Mariners

Succeeded by
Randy Johnson