Mark Hamburger

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Mark Hamburger
St. Paul Saints – No. 41
Born: (1987-02-05) February 5, 1987 (age 30)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 31, 2011, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2011 season)
Win–loss record 1–0
Earned run average 4.50
Strikeouts 6

Mark John Hamburger (born Feb. 5, 1987) is a baseball pitcher for the St. Paul Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers.

Early life[edit]

Hamburger attended Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota and was a multi-sport athlete playing basketball, rugby, tennis, football, and baseball.[1] After graduating from high school in 2005, Hamburger attended and played baseball at Mesabi Range College where he posted a 11-0 record and a 0.65 ERA.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

The summer following Hamburger's season of collegiate baseball, he attended a try-out for the Minnesota Twins that was held at the Metrodome in 2007.[2] Hamburger was signed by the Twins after the try-out, received a $2,000 signing bonus, and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Twins.[2]

During the 2008 season, Hamburger was assigned to the Elizabethton Twins where he won closer of the year.[3]

Texas Rangers[edit]

After two years in the Twins' minor league system, Hamburger was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Eddie Guardado on August 25, 2008.[4]

Hamburger was called up to the majors for the first time on August 30, 2011.[5]

San Diego Padres[edit]

He was claimed off of waivers by the San Diego Padres on June 25, 2012, and placed on their Triple-A team, the Tucson Padres.[6]

Houston Astros[edit]

For the second time in 2012, he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on July 21.

In February 2013, Hamburger received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.[7]

Second Stint with Twins[edit]

On September 4, 2013, the Minnesota Twins signed Hamburger to a minor league deal.[8] He elected free agency on November 6, 2015.[9]

St. Paul Saints[edit]

On April 12, 2016, Hamburger signed with the St. Paul Saints.

Melbourne Aces[edit]

Hamburger played the Australian Baseball League 2016-17 season (November - February) with the Melbourne Aces that won the regular season but lost the final to the Brisbane Bandits. He was the league leader for ERA (1.90).[10]

St. Paul Saints[edit]

On April 20, 2017, Hamburger signed with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.


From open tryout with buddy (Justin Hemauer) to the big leagues.

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