In addition to having one of the best names in baseball, Mark Hamburger also has one of the best stories as to how he made it into pro baseball. Hamburger was an unknown who happened to show up at a Minnesota Twins open tryout camp during the summer following his senior year of high school. He was playing summer baseball for the Tri City Shark club team, attended the Twins open tryout at the Metrodome, hit 93 on the gun and was offered a chance to sign. Four years later Hamburger is in the big leagues as a reliever for the Texas Rangers. In the story Hamburger talks about the Twins tryout camp, sharing the news of his call up with his family, and what its like playing in the big leagues. It’s a very good read.
The Round Rock Express the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers has produced three great campaign commercials in support of reliever Mark Hamburger who is currently in the second round of MILB.com’s Minors Moniker Madness which takes 64 of the best names in the minors and whittles them down to one champion via fan vote. Hamburger entered the competition as a four seed in the Farmer Works bracket and took down Chicago Cubs prospect Matt Szczur in the first round. He is currently matched with Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Shooter Hunt, a five seed. Check out the hysterical commercials that the Round Rock Express marketing team came up with to help support Hamburger’s run through the competition.