Former Mustang an all-star this week

Mark Hamburger has had quite the journey during his baseball career. Another leg of that trip occurs this week when Hamburger takes part in the American Association All-Star Game. 

A member of the independent St. Paul Saints, Hamburger leads the American Association in victories with 11 and he suffered just his first loss of the season last week. With the all-star game being played at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul, Hamburger would seem the perfect candidate to star for the North all-stars.

The American Association All-Star Game is August 2 at 7 p.m.

Through July 31, Hamburger, a Mound View High School graduate and Shoreview native, was second in the league in earned-run average (2.49) for the Saints. The Saints lead the North Division by eight games and have the best record in the league at 47-22.

Hamburger has made 14 starts for the Saints this season and they are 13-1 in those games. Hamburger had two no decisions in early June but the Saints still won those games as Hamburger went 6 2/3 and 6 innings in the two contests.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on July 30, Hamburger still set a couple of records in Lincoln, Neb. The Saints lost 3-2 to the Lincoln Saltdogs but Hamburger threw a complete game.

It was his sixth complete game of the season to break the Saints’ single-season record and tie the American Association’s single-season record. It was also Hamburger’s 11th career complete game and broke the Saints career record.

This is Hamburger’s second go-round with the Saints. Back in 2013, he spent the summer with the Saints after being unable to sign on with a major league franchise.

Signed out of an open tryout at the Metrodome in 2007, Hamburger spent time in the minors with the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers before making five appearances for the Rangers in 2011. 

In 2012, Hamburger started the year in Rangers’ system, was picked up by San Diego on waivers and later by Houston, also on waivers. He was released by Houston in February of 2013 and landed with the Saints.

Following a solid season with the Saints, Hamburger latched on with the Twins again and spent 2014 and 2015 in New Britain, Connecticut, in AA and Rochester, New York, in AAA.


Irondale grad also in American Association 

Former Irondale High School baseball standout Tim Colwell is also a member of an American Association team. Colwell, who graduated from Irondale in 2010, plays for the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers.

This is Colwell’s third season with Sioux City. He appeared in 64 games with the Explorers in 2014, 92 last season and 66 so far this year. He is batting .277 with 72 hits, including 12 doubles and five triples.

Sioux City enters the all-star break with a record of 34-34, which puts them third in the Central Division.

Prior to his professional career, Colwell played four seasons of college baseball at North Dakota State University. He holds a number of NDSU career records, including most hits, runs scored and stolen bases. Colwell earned a number of awards during his career, including Summit League player of the year as a senior.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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