Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Remembering the Hammer at the Deadline

Joel Hanrahan was traded during the offseason leading into the 2013 season.  He was a 2 time All-Star closer in 2011 and 2012 and a very good setup man in 2010.  He had season ending surgery earlier in the year and it is unsure what type of role his career will be in when he returns.

During the 2011 season, a lot of contending teams were seeking bullpen help.  Since the trade deadline is today, I can only imagine what the Pirates might have received if they were willing to give up on the Hammer in 2011 with his 2 and 1/2 seasons of control left.  Jurickson Profar might be too much to have asked for, but Chris Davis or Mike Olt could have been reality.
2012 Topps Tier 1 AUTO 145/399
Anyway, here's a card I recently grabbed of the Hammer off ebay for .99

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