Blake Hassebrock

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Blake Whittington Hassebrock

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Blake Hassebrock played in the minor leagues from 2010 to 2015 after being selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 8th round of the 2010 amateur draft. All of his career was spent in the A's system, except for his final season, when he was in the independent Atlantic League with the Lancaster Barnstormers.

After going 0-1, 5.96 in 17 games as a reliever in 2010, he was turned into a full-time starter in 2011 with the Burlington Bees of the Midwest League, where he went 7-8, 2.64 in what was by far his best season as a professional. However, he fell back to 4-8 6.72 with Burlington and the Stockton Ports of the California League in 2012 and 2-6, 4.77 between Stockton and the Midland RockHounds of the Texas League in 2013, when he was back in the bullpen. He struggled again in 2014, with the same two teams, going 4-0, 6.75. Things weren't much better in the Atlantic League, as he went 0-2, 5.29 in 20 games in his only season there.

He was in the middle of a strange incident while pitching for Midland on July 14, 2014. After he had plunked Telvin Nash of the Corpus Christi Hooks, a fan rushed the field, tying to mete out divine justice upon him, as he reared back to punch the pitcher. Luckily, 3B Dusty Coleman had seen the whole affair unfold and tackled the intruder to the ground. The fan was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and threatening assault.

After ending his baseball career, he sold most of his belongings, retreated to a small sailboat off the Carolina coast, and became a singer-songwriter in the folk-soul genre. His first album, Soul for Sail, came out in 2020. In parallel, he has worked as a software sales consultant.

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