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Burke Heinrich Badenhop (born February 8, 1983) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. Badenhop played college baseball at Bowling Green State University.

Burke Badenhop
Burke Badenhop on September 19, 2014.jpg
Badenhop pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2014
Born: (1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 (age 36)
Atlanta, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 2008, for the Florida Marlins
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2015, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–loss record20–27
Earned run average3.74


Early ballEdit

Badenhop played high school baseball at Perrysburg High School in Perrysburg, Ohio under coach Dave Hall. In college, he was a team member of the Bowling Green Falcons at Bowling Green State University.

Baseball careerEdit

Badenhop during his tenure with the West Michigan Whitecaps, single-A affiliates of the Detroit Tigers, in 2006

Detroit TigersEdit

Badenhop was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers.

Florida/Miami MarlinsEdit

On December 5, 2007, he was traded to the Florida Marlins (along with Cameron Maybin; Andrew Miller; Eulogio De La Cruz; Mike Rabelo and minor league player, Dallas Trahern) for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. On April 9, 2008, Badenhop made his major league debut against the Washington Nationals. He had a 1-2-3 inning, which included striking out Rob Mackowiak. Badenhop made his first major league pitching start on April 13, 2008, against the Houston Astros.

Badenhop is known by teammates as "The Hopper", a nickname given to him by Marlins manager Fredi González.[1][2]

On May 16, 2011, Badenhop was a part of one of the more bizarre games in the team's history against the New York Mets, which ended following Badenhop's game-winning RBI single—just his second career hit.[3] It was the first time that a relief pitcher had given his team the game-winning hit since Micah Owings did it in a 2008 game playing for the Cincinnati Reds.[citation needed]

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

Badenhop with the Milwaukee Brewers

On December 12, 2011 he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jake Jefferies.[4] Badenhop was used during the 2012 season as a long-relief pitcher and as a ground-ball specialist because of his sinker.[5]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

On December 1, 2012, Badenhop was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Raúl Mondesí, Jr.[6] On January 18, 2013, the Brewers announced they had avoided arbitration with Badenhop, signing him to a one-year contract worth $1.55 million.[7]

Boston Red SoxEdit

On November 22, 2013, Badenhop was traded to the Boston Red Sox for LHP prospect Luis Ortega.[8]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On February 7, 2015, Badenhop signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds that included a $4 million option for a second year with a $1.5 million buyout.[9]

Texas RangersEdit

On April 6, 2016, Badenhop signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. He was released on April 19, 2016.

Former big league reliever Burke Badenhop is joining the Diamondbacks in an interesting new baseball operations position, as Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweets. In his new role, Piecoro writes, Badenhop will perform "acquisition-based pitching analysis/sports science work."


Badenhop is co-author of the book "Financial Planning For Your First Job", published by Coventry House Publishing, where he draws from his business background at Bowling Green State University.[10]


  1. ^ McCalvy, Adam (December 24, 2012). "Holiday Q&A with Burke Badenhop". Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Doyle, Ricky (February 24, 2014). "Red Sox's Burke Badenhop Breaks Down History Of 'The Hopper' Nickname". NESN. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Dan Martin (May 17, 2011). "Mets Fall to Marlins in 11 Innings". New York Post. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ Topkin, Marc (December 12, 2011). "@SPTimesRays". St. Petersburg Times. Twitter.
  5. ^ "Rays reliever Badenhop quick on his feet". Mar 5, 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ Chastain, Bill (December 1, 2012). "Rays trade Badenhop for Mondesi Jr". Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Kruth, Cash (January 18, 2013). "Axford among trio to avoid arbitration with Brewers". Retrieved January 18, 2013.
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  9. ^ Cole, Mike (February 7, 2015). "Burke Badenhop, Reds Agree To One-Year Contract With Mutual Option". Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Hannable, Ryan (May 18, 2014). "Craig Breslow, Burke Badenhop lead a brainy Red Sox bullpen". Metro New York. Retrieved August 23, 2014.

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