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Top-rated prospect

May 22, 2019

Electricity; produced by thousands

The young messiah has finally arrived;
with heavy expectations, a legendary pedigree and a high pedestal

We stand when he comes out to stretch,
when a ground ball comes his way and for every at-bat

This is history

The moment of moments

Whip out your phone to capture it

It’s a playoff atmosphere for a late-april match

Cheers rain down for balls; anger for called strikes

One pitch flies high and tight

In our minds, we grab our pitchforks and torches

Line drive down the first base line

An eruption that’s prolonged as he’s removed for a pinch runner

And in true baseball fashion, his teammate with a .179 average hits a walkoff homerun

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – Mark Hendrickson Goes Deep

July 10, 2014

Posted by MLB’s YouTube page

Despite being a two-sport athlete, you won’t find Mark Hendrickson enshrined in Cooperstown or Springfield. However, the tall left-hander does hold one notable honour: The first (and only) Toronto Blue Jay pitcher to hit a home run in a regular season game.

The moment occurred on June 21, 2003 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. According to Baseball-Reference.com, 11, 483 fans witnessed it.

Hendrickson was starting for the Jays that evening, while the Montreal Expos countered with Sun-Woo Kim. Already staked to a 1-0 lead, Hendrickson led off the 5th inning against Kim. On a 2-1 pitch (noted by Baseball-Reference.com), he sent a fly ball that cleared the wall in right field. As seen in the clip, Hendrickson showed no emotion as he rounded the bases. The Jays’ dugout, in comparison, was ecstatic.

Hendrickson looked good on the mound as well. He threw six innings, 92 pitches; gave up 1 earned run, six hits, two walks and stuck out two batters (Baseball-Reference.com). He left the game with the Jays leading, 5-1.

Unfortunately, the Expos would score seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, en route to an 8-5 victory.

Hendrickson last pitched in the majors in 2011. Along with the Jays, he also played for Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Florida and Baltimore. He’s currently throwing for the Atlantic League’s York Revolution.

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Sidebar: The clip was taken from the Sportsnet broadcast. The play-by-play crew was Rob Faulds and the late John Cerutti.


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