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Where Have You Gone, Beau (Hale) DiMaggio?

March 20, 2007 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Former Orioles first rounder Beau Hale is still trying to find his way to the Show.
Former first rounder Beau Hale is still fighting to make it to the majors, but the fact that this image of he and his wife Samantha is the best available pic of him speaks volumes.

I was doing one of my thousands of daily Google searches and I stumbled upon a blast from the past: Beau Hale.

Taken 14th overall in the 2000 draft, Hale is symptomatic of an era when the Orioles struggled badly to draft and develop homegrown talent.

He enjoyed a decent pro debut, but even in his first season, the arm troubles began. Hale was middling at best in 2002, and then came arm issues serious enough for him to miss two full years.

Hale returned in 2005, pitching mostly out of the bullpen at High-A, but he was clearly not back to full strength. Last season, however, he enjoyed some very nice success and made it back to Double-A for the first time since 2002, earning Baltimore’s Minor League Comeback Player of the Year honours for his efforts.

Now 28, it’s hard to imagine Hale ever becoming more than a middle reliever, and it was rather disappointing to discover that he’s not in the O’s big league camp. But given that the O’s signed a large number of minor league pitchers this offseason, it’s reasonable to assume he was lost in the shuffle and wound up in minor league camp instead.

The former Longhorn carried on his success from 2006 into the fall when he married his college sweetheart.

Given how far Hale has had to come to battle back and his one-time stud prospect status, there are a lot of O’s followers who would love to see him one day get a chance at Camden Yards. If he can duplicate his success from last season, he should at least earn his first taste of Triple-A action if nothing else.

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8 Responses to “Where Have You Gone, Beau (Hale) DiMaggio?”

  1. Sounds like the kind of guy Disney will make a movie out of one day starring Dennis Quaid.

    Seriously though it’d be cool for the guy to get his dream shot. But at this point, it’s probably just not going to happen.

  2. tim mcleod says:

    Keep up the good work Rob. Always find it interesting to see what happened to some of those “can’t miss” prospects from the past. Any idea what Brien Taylor is up to these days??

  3. James Morris says:

    I am sure you will find him playing ball with Toe Nash and Rick Ankiel!

  4. RotoRob says:

    Agreed, Mike. He’s probably never going to get his due, but at least he bought himself a few more cracks with last season’s comeback.

    Hey, nice pic, James. Where were you when I was searching for one? :)

    Thanks, Tim. Apparently, Taylor had to move back in with his parents: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-taylor060506&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    Toe Nash! Ha ha…I loved the legendary stories of his discovery. As for Ankiel, that’s a memory still too fresh and painful for me to deal with. He was going to anchor my staff.

  5. James Morris says:

    I’m always here… lurking in the shadows!

    What a story about Taylor… talk about your crappy luck!

  6. Richard Throop says:

    Beau Hale is my cousin. He currently lives in Austin, TX and retired from baseball after the 2007 season due to another arm injury.

  7. RotoRob says:

    Hey Richard,

    Thanks for the update. Send our best to Beau and keep us in the loop.

    Cheers