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RIP, Tommy

Photo Credit: Buren Foster

Photo Credit: Buren Foster

Tragic. Devastating. Heartbreaking.

Those are just some of the thoughts and words I have after hearing about the sudden passing of former Charlotte Knights right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson.

At just 29 years old, the talented, hard-throwing pitcher had so much more to give the world. And, after seeing the outpouring of thoughts and prayers today, it’s obvious that Tommy touched so many lives throughout the game — and throughout his short time on earth.

As a Public Relations Director, I keep my relationship with players professional. I work with them during the season to set up interviews with the media and I try to help them out with anything they may need. While I wish I could somehow stay in touch with every player I have come into contact with over my nine years working in professional baseball, it’s unfortunate that it doesn’t work that way. Players come and go each year, and we lose touch.

Tommy’s time with the Knights was short. He appeared in 10 games in 2014 with the club after signing a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on April 7, 2014. He was officially assigned to the Knights on April 19 and made his Knights debut on April 20.

I remember the day he made his debut for the Knights. The team was in Gwinnett County, GA playing the G-Braves. Hanson, a standout with the Braves, who still lived in the Atlanta area, was ready to face his former ‘mates. I wanted to drive down to Coolray Field that day to be there and see what that would be like. Hanson was very well-liked in the Braves organization. Very respected for his accomplishments.

Photo Credit: Buren Foster

Photo Credit: Buren Foster

The Oklahoma native won 45 games for Atlanta over four seasons (2009-12). He finished third in the National League Cy Young Award voting in 2009 after posting an 11-4 record with a 2.89 ERA in 21 starts as a rookie. In fact, he won at least 10 games in each of his four seasons, including 13 in 2012.

Over his last three seasons, however, he appeared in just 15 games at the major league level. He went 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013.

After that, it was on to the Knights in 2014 and the San Francisco Giants minor league system last year (San Jose & Sacramento). Still, Tommy was pitching and making an impact on those who he came in contact with.

Once rated as the number four prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America (2009), Hanson will always be remembered around the game by so many.

On behalf of the Charlotte Knights organization, my thoughts and prayers go out to Tommy’s family and friends at this time. RIP, Tommy. Thanks for your contributions to Charlotte Knights baseball.

Knights Knotes — May 1, 2014

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS (10-15, 3rd, 2014) 
@ BUFFALO BISONS (13-10, 2nd, 2014) 
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TODAY’S PROBABLES

CHA RHP Tommy Hanson (1-1, 4.00) @ BUF RHP Liam Hendriks (3-0, 1.25)


Thursday, May 1, 2014
Game 28 of 144
Coca-Cola Field ~ 7:05 PM

APRIL SHOWERS…: The Knights had their series finale with the Red Wings from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on Tuesday postponed (rain). The game was originally scheduled for 11:35 AM. Rochester won two of three games. With that being the final game in Rochester between the two teams this season, the Knights will host a makeup game at BB&T Ballpark during their upcoming series from June 3-6. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 4th (two 7-inning games, 6:05 PM first pitch of game one). It was just their first game postponed on the road this season and second overall (4/18 in Charlotte).

THE LAST KNIGHTS GAME: The Knights have not played a game since Monday. In Monday’s game, Chris Parmelee’s RBI double in the bottom of the third proved to be enough to beat the Knights 1-0 from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. It was Charlotte’s second-straight one-run loss and the Knights are now 3-4 in one-run games this season. Rochester starter Alex Meyer (1-0, 2.70) earned his first career Triple-A victory after tossing six scoreless innings. Meyer, who is ranked as the third-best prospect in Minnesota’s organization by Baseball America, walked three and struck-out 11.

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Photo by Josh Gilbert.

KNIGHTS STARTER: RHP Tommy Hanson, who was signed by the Chicago White Sox back on April 8 to a Minor League contract, was assigned to Charlotte on April 19 and will make his third start for the Knights this season. Hanson made his 2014 season debut on April 20th against his former team the Gwinnett Braves, pitching 4.0 IP in his first outing this season allowing 4 runs, 3 walks, and 1 strikeout. Hanson’s second outing was a return to his MLB form with 5.0 no-hit innings with 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Hanson, 27, has spent the past five seasons in the majors — four of those with Atlanta. The Tulsa, OK born righty was drafted by Atlanta in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft.

MAY THE WINS BE WITH YOU: The month of April is over and the Knights went 10-15 during the first month of the season. Last year, Charlotte went just 7-20. Last year, however, in May, the Knights had their best month of the season – going 16-13. The Knights will kick-off the month of May tonight with RHP Tommy Hanson, who threw five hitless innings in his last outing. The Knights finished the first month tied for fourth in home runs (17).

‘LOS IS MORE: Infielder Carlos Sanchez had one of Charlotte’s three hits in Monday’s game and now has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games dating back to 4/19. In those 10 games, Sanchez is hitting .429 (15-for-35) with 10 runs scored and one RBI. Sanchez has a hit in 17 of his 24 games this season and is hitting .292 on the year (26-for-89). His 26 hits are a team-high this season, as are his 12 runs scored. Sanchez entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the 12th best prospect in Chicago’s organization.

 

Knights Knotes — 4/26/14

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: – RHP Tommy Hanson was sharp in his second start of the year, Andy Wilkins provided the offense, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Durham Bulls 3-1 on Friday in front of 10,307 fans at BB&T Ballpark – the team’s sixth sellout crowd of the season. The win was Charlotte’s third straight as they beat the Bulls in the series three games to one. The three-straight wins are the longest by the Knights since last season (8/24-8/26) at Syracuse. Knights 2014 Media Day 971

KNIGHTS STARTER: LHP Eric Surkamp (0-2, 6.16) will make his fifth start of the season in today’s opener in Rochester. Surkamp, 26, was originally selected in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by the San Francisco Giants. He made his Major League debut on August 27, 2011 for the Giants and allowed one run over six innings pitched in a start against the Houston Astros. He appeared in six games that season with the Giants and posted a 2-2 record with a 5.74 ERA. Surkamp missed the entire 2012 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He is a product of NC State University (2006-08).

100K CLUB: The Charlotte Knights have welcomed a Minor League Baseball best 106,058 fans through the gates of BB&T Ballpark this season after 11 games. The Knights are the only team in MiLB to welcome 100,000 fans. The next closest team to the Knights in overall attendance is Louisville, who have an overall mark of 88,846 through 13 games. The Knights would have welcomed even more fans with an expected sell-out crowd on April 18th – but rain postponed that game. The Knights have six sell-outs in 11 games and are averaging 9,642 after a sold-out crowd of 10,307 last night. Last season, the Knights welcomed 100,000 fans at Knights Stadium after the game on June 2 – their 29th home game of the season. At that point, the Knights were averaging 3,451 fans per game. They welcomed 90,544 fans through 27 games and 97,427 fans through 28 games last season.

MMMM BOP: RHP Tommy Hanson (1-1, 4.00) threw five scoreless, hitless innings on Friday en route to his first win of the year. It was his first win since June 15, 2013 (W, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 8 SO) with LAA vs. NYY. The Oklahoma native struck-out six batters and walked three. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox on April 8 and assigned to Charlotte on April 19, threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes. Hanson made his 2014 season debut on April 20th against his former team the G-Braves — in Gwinnett (L, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR).

HIT PARADE:Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez has hit safely in his last four games after ripping two hits in last night’s game. Hernandez had two of Charlotte’s three hits on the night on Friday. Over his last four games, he has three multi-hit games, including seven hits over that span. He’s hitting .538 (7-for-13) with three runs scored, two doubles, one RBI, and four walks. In nine home games this season, he is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with three doubles, four runs scored, and two RBIs.

FRANCISCO TREAT: RHP Frank Francisco was sharp in his second outing of the season last night for the Knights. He allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings in relief of Tommy Hanson. In his two appearances this season, Francisco has yet to allow a run in three innings. Francisco was signed by Chicago on April 14.

RBI GUY: Andy Wilkins added to his RBI and home run total last night as he launched the big three-run home in the bottom of the first inning – his third of the season – to lead the Knight to the 3-1 win over Durham. Over his past three games, Wilkins has two doubles, two home runs and has driven in eight runs. He’s raised his batting average nearly 40 points and is tied with Tyler Saladino for the most RBIs on the Knights with 13. He finished the game 1-for-2 with the home run, three RBIs, and a walk.

Hanson Sharp on April 25 – Post-Game Interview

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Tommy Hanson from his first start of the season in Gwinnett. Photo credit: Josh Gilbert.

RHP Tommy Hanson (1-1, 4.00) threw five scoreless, hitless innings on Friday en route to his first win of the year. It was his first win since June 15, 2013 (W, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 8 SO) with LAA vs. NYY. The Oklahoma native struck-out six batters and walked three. He threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes. Hanson made his 2014 season debut on April 20th against his former team the G-Braves — in Gwinnett (L, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR).

Hanson, who was signed by the Chicago White Sox back on April 8 to a Minor League contract, was assigned to Charlotte on April 19.

In four seasons with Atlanta, Hanson compiled a 45-32 mark with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts (635.0 innings pitched). He won a season-high 13 games with the Braves in 2012 — going 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts (174.2 innings pitched).

Last season, Hanson appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and went 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched.

The 27-year-old was drafted by the Braves in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft.

VIDEO: Tommy Hanson Post-Game Interview

Hanson Makes His Debut Today

Former Atlanta Braves standout Tommy Hanson was signed by the Chicago White Sox on April 8 and sent to Arizona for extended spring training. It was the first time Hanson pitched since spring training this year, where he was under contract with the Texas Rangers. After posting a 6.43 Cactus League ERA over 14 innings, however, the Rangerhansons released Hanson. In all, he made four appearances (two starts) with the Rangers this spring.

On Saturday, April 20, the Charlotte Knights received Hanson from extended spring training in Arizona and the 27-year-old righty reported to Gwinnett to join his new team — in his old stomping grounds.

During Gwinnett’s first season in existence (2009) – Hanson posted a 3-3 mark with a 1.49 ERA in 11 starts before making his Atlanta Braves debut on June 7 as a 22-year-old rookie. In his first start with the G-Braves, Hanson pitched against the Charlotte Knights at Knights Stadium on April 9 and allowed just three hits over 4.1 scoreless innings. He struck-out 10 batters that day. He faced the Knights one more time that year (April 24 at Coolray Field) and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings in a loss. He struck-out a combined 16 Knights in 10.1 IP in 2009.

In 21 starts with the Atlanta Braves that season, he posted an 11-4 record with a 2.89 ERA. Hanson, 27, has spent the past five seasons in the majors — four of those with Atlanta. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-born right-hander was drafted by the Braves in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft.

In four seasons with Atlanta, Hanson compiled a 45-32 mark with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts (635.0 innings pitched). He won a season-high 13 games with the Braves in 2012 — going 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts (174.2 innings pitched).

Last season, Hanson appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and went 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched.

Hanson and the Knights will face former Knights RHP Zach Stewart, who will head to the mound for Gwinnett today. Stewart won the final game in Knights Stadium history on September 2, 2013.

Pre-game radio coverage of Sunday’s 2:05 p.m. game starts at 1:50 p.m. on ESPN Radio 730 AM and WRHI 1340 AM and 94.3 FM. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.

LISTEN LIVE starting at 1:50 PM today!