Oct 2, 2013
Zack Hample's Blog
Pittsburgh's Rick Sporcic rewrote the record books for Minor League ballhawking this season, so it's no surprise that his peers voted him the 2013 myGameBalls.com Minor League Ballhawk of the Year. Sporcic was the overwhelming choice for the award, receiving 10 first place votes, two second place votes, and two third place votes.
His final statistics for the season are truly staggering. He snagged an incredible 1,012 balls (a new MGB record) over the course of 68 games, averaging 14.88 balls per game (also a new record). Sporcic also snagged his share of gamers, finishing the year with 231 game balls (MGB record) and 54 game home run balls (MGB record).
He recorded 36 double-digit games (MGB record) and shattered the website's single-game high by snagging a mind-numbing 138 balls in his June 27th game at Herschel Greer Stadium. He also recorded single-game outings of 42, 37, 35, and 34 games during the course of the season.
Coming in second place in the voting was Dan Nelson, who put in another strong season with 416 balls and 43 game home runs. Here's the complete list of vote-getters: