Erik Brian Hanson (born May 18, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. During an 11-year baseball career, he pitched for the Seattle Mariners (1988–1993), Cincinnati Reds (1994), Boston Red Sox (1995), and Toronto Blue Jays (1996–1998), and was known for possessing an excellent curveball.
|Born: May 18, 1965|
Kinnelon, New Jersey, U.S.
|September 5, 1988, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 8, 1998, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Earned run average||4.15|
|Career highlights and awards|
Amateur career edit
Raised in Kinnelon, New Jersey, Hanson played high school baseball for coach Lew Watts at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. He attended Wake Forest University, and in 1984 he played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Professional career edit
Hanson won a career high 18 games for the Mariners in 1990 and was a 1995 American League All-Star selection for the Red Sox compiling a 15–5 record that year. Hanson pitched 8 innings in game 2 of the 1995 ALDS Game 2, receiving the loss in a 4–0 decision.
- Maloney, Tom. "Hanson gets the nod for opener: Jays' newcomer wants to make numbers do the talking for him", The Hamilton Spectator, March 30, 1996. Accessed August 21, 2012. "A 6-foot-6 righthander from Kinnelon, N.J., an unsigned draft pick of the Expos in 1983, an All-American at intellectually demanding Wake Forest in '85, a relentless worker, [Erik Hanson]'s best work as a pro has always seemed right around the corner."
- Moylan, Kyle "Major leaguer steps to plate for Peddie School: Pitcher, alum Erik Hanson donates $365,000 for field house upgrade", Princeton Packet, January 9, 1999, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 2, 2008. Accessed February 27, 2011. "When Erik Hanson left the Peddie School in 1983, he left behind a legacy of pitching greatness."
- "Former Coach Lew Watts Dies". Preddie School. July 3, 2003. Archived from the original on September 16, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- 1995 ALDS
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball Reference