Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Collection: Tim Hamulack 2006 SPx Rookie Signatures

Tim Hamulack came to the Dodgers in 2006 via a trade with the Mets that sent Steve Schmoll and Duaner Sanchez out east in exchange for Jae Weong Seo and himself.  Hamulack was by no means the meat of that trade- Jae Wong Seo was.  Seo didn't meet the expectations that he would provide some stability as na end of the rotation starter, so he was traded mid-season.  Hamulack, on the other hand, started out with the big club at the start of 2006 and had a fantastic start. In his first month he pitched in 12 games and recorded an ERA of 1.69 with an opponents batting average of just .184.  Then, the bottom fell out.

Over the next 12 games pitched he gave up 16 earned runs with opponents batting a robust .306.  Unsurprisingly, he was sent back down to the minors for some retooling, but by late August Hamulack would be called back up.  Unfortunately, he didn't fare much better.  He pitched in just 9 more games, and mostly did mop-up duty.

Since that time, Tim Hamulack has bounced around from Kansas City to Cincinnati, and was last seen pitching for the independent Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League last year.  I have great admiration for guys who stick it out for the long haul, so hopefully he has one last opportunity to pitch in the Majors.

Featured here is a 2006 Upper Deck SPx Rookie Signature card of Tim Hamulack.

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