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Burke Badenhop

Burke Badenhop
MLB Player information
NameBurke Badenhop
MLB debutApril 9, 2008 for the Florida Marlins
Career statistics
Earned run average4.34
*Florida Marlins (2008-present)

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Burke Heinrich Badenhop (born February 8, 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Florida Marlins. Burke played college baseball at Bowling Green State University. He played High School Baseball at Perrysburg High School in Perrysburg, Ohio. Summer of 2000-2001 played with Underwood Orr baseball team based out of Tecumseh, MI.

He was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers, but on December 5, 2007, he was traded to Florida 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 start on April 13, 2008, against the Houston Astros.

Badenhop is known by teammates and Marlins fans as "The Hopper" as both a play on his last name and on his way of hopping after throwing a pitch.

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. It was the first time since a Micah Owings hit in 2008 won a game for the Cincinatti Reds that a relief pitcher had given his team the game winning hit.

Badenhop is co-author of the book "Financial Planning For Your First Job", where he draws from his business background at Bowling Green State University, as well as his early playing days in professional baseball.

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