Saints Pitcher Mark Hamburger One Of Three Finalists For American Association Man of the Year AwardST. PAUL, MN August 24, 2016
Mark Hamburger could be referred to as “The Mayor of St. Paul” because he has become one of the more popular players in franchise history. The local product from Shoreview, MN has made it a point at every turn to make himself available to fans in the community and at the ballpark. Hamburger was recognized as one of three finalists for the Scott Miller/Brian Rose inaugural Man of the Year Award in the American Association.
It started from day one when Hamburger told the front office staff he wanted to be included in as many community based events as possible. Prior to the Saints season starting, Hamburger appeared at two different local Little Leagues to help them welcome in their new seasons. Since then he has not stopped, walking in parades, working baseball camps and appearing in local TV spots for partners.
Hamburger’s popularity has carried into road cities often taking photos with fans, and their kids, following games he pitches. His long hair, easy going style and success on the field have made him popular even when the team is not at CHS Field.
On the field Hamburger has been the consummate professional. He has never shown a player up, acknowledges his teammates when they make a great defensive play, and on days he doesn’t pitch, encourages his teammates from either the first base coach’s box or the dugout.
Hamburger’s popularity at CHS Field is something not seen by many players in a Saints uniform and days he pitches is often akin to a concert with fans roaring after each inning. On those rare times he’s pulled from a ballgame, an ovation ensues and Hamburger will always give a tip of the cap.
Each team selected one representative as their Man of the Year, which was announced at the 2016 American Association All-Star Game at CHS Field on August 2. The league narrowed the list down to the final three and Hamburger was chosen as a finalist.
The other two finalists are Reggie Abercrombie from the Winnipeg Goldeyes and Ryan Beckman of the Laredo Lemurs.
The winner will be awarded at the end of the season when the 12 league managers plus one media representative from each team vote on Post-Season honors.
The award is in tribute to Wichita Wingnuts bench coach Brian Rose, who passed away from melanoma in late January, 2013 and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks broadcaster, Scott Miller, who passed from the same form of cancer in late February.
The award represents what these two men stood for: dedication to their craft, hard work and determination, kindness and community service.