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Mike Hessman | Third Baseman

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (40) / 3/5/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 15 (0) / ATL

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Mike Hessman announced his retirement from professional baseball on Saturday.
The 37-year-old slugger is the U.S. all-time leader in minor league home runs with 433. He played in only 109 games in his major league career, the last of which coming in a 32 game stint with the Mets in 2010. For his 19 years in the minor leagues, Hessman slashed .233/.316/.466 with 433 home runs and 1207 RBI in 2095 games. Hessman has indicated that he'll join the coaching ranks, though didn't specify where. Sat, Nov 28, 2015 03:27:00 PM

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Mike Hessman tied a minor league record with his 432nd career homer Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Toledo.

The historic blast came in the third inning off Rochester right-hander Michael Bowden. Hessman also contributed a first-inning double. One more homer will put him ahead of Buzz Arlett for the most in minor league history. The 37-year-old leads the Mud Hens with 15 round-trippers in 307 at-bats this season. A career Quad-A player, Hessman hasn't made a big league appearance since 2010.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 04:36:00 PM

Tigers re-signed INF Mike Hessman to a minor league contract.

Presumably, he'll be invited to spring training as well. The 36-year-old slugger has clubbed 417 minor league home runs, including a record 272 in the international league, but the results have never translated at the big league level.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 03:10:00 PM

Tigers signed INF Mike Hessman to a minor league contract.

Hessman hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2010 and turns 36 years old in early March. He's a .240/.326/.495 career hitter in 1,207 games at Triple-A.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Reds signed INF Mike Hessman to a minor league contract.

Hessman, who turns 35 in March, batted .231/.301/.512 with 35 home runs and an .813 OPS in 123 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. He'll likely serve as organizational depth in 2013.
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 02:38:00 PM

Mike Hessman has elected free agency.

Hessman once again mashed minor league pitching, smashing 35 homers and driving home 78 runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but did so while hitting .231/.301/.512. The 34-year-old slugger will once again seek a new opportunity.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 11:50:00 AM

Astros signed INF Mike Hessman to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invite to big-league camp. Hessman spent last season with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League. The 33-year-old has regularly mashed minor league pitching, but has a lousy .188/.272/.422 batting line over 250 plate appearances in the majors. He'll serve as organizational depth this season.
Thu, Feb 2, 2012 02:21:00 PM

Mike Hessman has agreed to a contract with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese Pacific League.

Hessman has bashed Triple-A pitching mercilessly the last few years but has batted only .188/.272/.422 with 14 homers over 223 major league at-bats across five seasons. We wouldn't be surprised if the 32-year-old is a slugger in Japan.
Wed, Dec 15, 2010 02:54:00 PM

Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a report from Sports Hochi which says that the Orix Buffaloes have interest in Mike Hessman.

Hessman elected to become a free agent after spending this past season in the Mets organization. The 32-year-old mashed again at the Triple-A level, but batted just .127 with one home run and 23 strikeouts in 55 at-bats with the big club. He looks like your prototypical Quad-A bat, so Japan could be an interesting alternative for him.
Thu, Dec 2, 2010 08:37:00 AM

Mike Hessman has elected to become a free agent.

Hessman made his way to the major leagues this year after posting a solid .279/.356/.582 batting line and 18 home runs at Triple-A. He turns 33 before the start of next season but may draw some interest.
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 04:09:00 PM

Mets purchased the contract of INF Mike Hessman from Triple-A Buffalo.

Hessman rattled off a .279/.356/.582 batting line with the Bisons and sits among the league leaders with 18 homers and a 924 OPS. The 32-year-old infielder has put up some gaudy numbers in the minors, but he has a .208/.276/.476 batting line over 168 major league at-bats and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2008. He fits the profile of your classic Quad-A bat.
Mon, Jul 26, 2010 06:09:00 PM

Mets signed infielder Mike Hessman to a minor league contract.

Hessman, 31, has a .208/.276/.476 batting line in 185 plate appearances on the major league level. He's spent most of his time in the minors and will provide nothing more than organizational depth for the Mets.
Tue, Dec 8, 2009 11:38:00 AM

Tigers placed infielder Mike Hessman on waivers.

Hessman has plenty of power, but since he hit just .204/.250/.347 this spring, there's a good chance he'll clear waivers.
Wed, Apr 1, 2009 02:31:00 PM

Mike Hessman went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday against the Marlins.

Hessman wasn't under serious consideration for a spot on Detroit's bench, but another team might have wanted him if he turned in a big spring. Unfortunately, he's hitting .195 with two homers and 13 strikeouts in 41 at-bats. It looks like he'll probably compete for another Triple-A home run crown this year.
Sun, Mar 22, 2009 03:51:00 PM

Tigers purchased the contract of infielder Mike Hessman from Triple-A Toledo.

The 30-year-old Hessman hit .271/.374/.602 with 34 homers for Toledo, but he did most of his damage in the first half and he showed little for Team USA during the Olympics. The Tigers shouldn't give him at-bats at the expense of Jeff Larish or Matt Joyce.
Tue, Sep 2, 2008 07:37:00 PM

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