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Robert James Hamelin (/ˈhæmlɪn/; born November 29, 1967) is a former first baseman and designated hitter in Major League Baseball. From 1993 through 1998, Hamelin played for the Kansas City Royals (1993–96), Detroit Tigers (1997) and Milwaukee Brewers (1998). He batted and threw left-handed.

Bob Hamelin
First baseman / Designated hitter
Born: (1967-11-29) November 29, 1967 (age 51)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 12, 1993, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1998, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average.246
Home runs67
Runs batted in209
Career highlights and awards

In a six-season career, Hamelin posted a .246 batting average with 67 home runs and 209 RBIs in 497 games played. In 1994, at the age of 26, he was the American League Rookie of the Year. But his stint as a professional player was marred by leg injuries, both in the minors and majors. He also suffered from an eye problem.


Playing careerEdit

High school and collegeEdit

After a long and illustrious career in the Randolph Little League, the Hamelin family moved from their home in Randolph, New Jersey to Irvine, California, when Bob Hamelin was 12 years old.[1] Hamelin attended Irvine High School[2] where he excelled in both football and baseball[1] and was named the School's Athlete of the Year as a senior. The University of Notre Dame recruited him to play football, however Hamelin had already decided to pursue a career in baseball.[3] Hamelin enrolled in Santa Ana College after graduating from high school and played on the school's baseball team.[1] Soon thereafter the young baseball prospect transferred to UCLA, where he continued to play baseball for his new school.[1]

Major leaguesEdit

Hamelin won the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the Kansas City Royals, when he posted a .282 batting average and hit 24 home runs (earning him the nickname "the hammer") with 65 RBIs during the strike-shortened season.

After the Major LeaguesEdit

Hamelin abruptly quit his professional baseball career while playing in the minor leagues for the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers AAA Team) in 1999. After grounding out, he went back to the dugout and told manager Gene Roof, "I'm done", ending his professional baseball career as a player.[1]

After retirement Hamelin was out of professional baseball for several years, owning a manufacturing company.[4] He attended scout school and returned to professional baseball as a scout for the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays.[5] In 2012, he joined the Major League scouting corps of the Boston Red Sox.[6]



  1. ^ a b c d e Pucin, Diane (1999-06-11). "When a Boy of Summer Suddenly Grows Weary". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  2. ^ The Baseball Cube. Accessed December 17, 2007
  3. ^ Scott, Gerald (February 5, 1986). "Finally, a Rave Review : Irish Discover Hamelin on Film". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-08-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), Bob Hamelin Interview
  5. ^ Jays Journal List of Toronto Blue Jays Scouts
  6. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed., Baseball America 2012 Directory. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2012, p. 23

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