Player: Hagadone, Nick
Card: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter #143
Nicholas Michael Hagadone (born January 1, 1986 in Sandpoint, ID) is a former MLB pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians. He pitched in the farm systems of the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians from 2007 to 2010, then made his major league debut with the Indians in 2011.
While in college at the University of Washington, Nick pitched the final three innings of a nine-inning 9-0 no-hitter against Santa Clara University. The first six innings were pitched by future MLB star Tim Lincecum.
Nick was a supplemental first round draft pick of the Red Sox in the 2007 Amateur Draft (55th overall). He was signed by scout John Booher and began his career with the Lowell Spinners in 2007.
On July 31, 2009, Hagadone, Bryan Price, and Justin Masterson were traded to the Indians for Víctor Martínez. He was roughed up in his major league debut, two years and a month later, facing the Oakland A’s on September 1, 2011. Coming on in relief of Fausto Carmona, he gave up two hits, a walk and three earned runs and uncorked a wild pitch in 1 2/3 innings, then was replaced by Corey Kluber, who was also making his major league debut; the Indians lost, 7-0.
Hagadone began the 2012 season with the Indians, and did very well at first, putting up an ERA of 2.04 in his first 17 outings, Things began to unravel after that, and in his next 10 outings, his ERA was 10.43. On July 6th, he gave up 2 runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, and slammed his throwing hand in frustration after leaving the game. He ended up breaking a bone in his forearm, putting him out for 10 weeks.
The Indians had already sent him down to AAA and when learning of the injury, put him on the suspended list. The Players’ Association started a grievance, stating that while the injury was indeed self-inflicted, he was far from the first player to express his frustration over a poor performance in such a damaging manner.
He pitched with the Indians from 2013 to 2015, logging 35 or 36 games each year, all out of the bullpen. He was used mainly as a LOOGY, pitching between 23 1/3 and 31 1/3 innings. As is often the case with this type of pitcher, he had very few decisions – a combined 1-2 record with no saves – over the three-year period, and his ERA fluctuated wildly, from 5.46 to 2.70 in 2014 and back to 4.28 in 2015. He seemed to be on his way to setting personal records for games and innings pitched that last season, but his year ended abruptly because of an elbow injury sustained in late July which required season-ending surgery.
After missing all of 2016, he was back pitching in AAA with the Tacoma Rainiers, the AAA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, in 2017. He went 3-3, 3.51 in 28 games, all in relief, then retired after the season.
See his excellent video on overcoming adversity.
See Hagadone’s baseball cards at tcdb.org
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