October 6, 2022

Terrel Hansen baseball career came so close to the major leagues

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Terrel Hansen, a Bremerton High grad, was called up to the New York Mets for two games in 1992, but never played in a game. He ended a 13-year minor league career in 1999, and now coaches with the Northwest Blaze youth program.

On the website for the Northwest Blaze, a select baseball organization located just outside of Belfair, there used to be a brief biography of its founder/executive director, Terrel Hansen, describing him as a “Phantom Major Leaguer.”  

That bio is now gone, and the 55-year-old Hansen didn’t mind it at all that somebody put it up there. 

“It’s kind of a cool thing,” he says. “It’s one of those odd stories of guys who never get a break.” 

Sure, Hansen, drafted in the 14th-round of the 1987 MLB draft out of Washington State, had an excellent 13-year career pro playing baseball, but breaks didn’t come his way. If he hadn’t had bad luck he wouldn’t have had any luck at all in his pursuit of the Major Leagues. 



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