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Jabs Voted 2013 Ballhawk of the Year

Pittsburgh Ballhawk Has Career Season, Edges Out Hample For Post-Season Honors

By Alan Schuster

Nov 14, 2013

Ballhawk Shawn's Blog

The 2013 myGameBalls.com Ballhawk of the Year, Erik Jabs.

Erik Jabs attended over 100 games this season, but the number of games he truly "attended" was practically zero. That's because Jabs was typically at home with his family before the first pitch was thrown.

Remarkably, despite being essentially a part-time ballhawk Jabs still recorded a monster season,outsnagging everyone on myGameBalls.com with an incredible 731 balls. The myGameBalls community rewarded his ballhawking prowess and efficiency this week by voting him Ballhawk of the Year.

Jabs' stats reveal himself to be perhaps the most well rounded ballhawk on the site. He recorded 276 Hit balls, 224 Thrown balls, 175 Retrieved balls, and 56 Found balls. His average of 6.71 balls per game ranked 3rd best on myGameBalls.com even though he was at the ballpark about half the time as his competition. For his career, Jabs has now snagged 2,887 balls and averaged 5.53 balls per game.

Fittingly, the margin of victory in the vote was razor thin with Jabs (72 points, 15 first place votes) beating out Zack Hample (71 points, 14 first place votes) by a single point. Jabs and Hample battled all season for the top spot on the leaderboard, with Jabs eventually prevailing by a count of 731 to 717. Alex Kopp (37 points), Greg Barasch (28 points), and Ballhawk Shawn (23 points) also had strong showings in the member-wide vote.

Here's the full list of vote-getters:

Member1st2nd3rdTotal
erikj1512372
zackhample1491171
akopp166737
gbarasch63428
shawn7735423
fischerm11611
nicholaspnc12411
jqfc13110
gu30215
cooknsonbats0204
devot0204
mhersl1014
roccosinisi0124
akh2431003
brooklyn1003
daveedlund1003
skimisgod1003
alexuur0102
garrett370102
tony4334330102
whitesoxgm0102
ashehawk120011
chernandez150011
dodgerfilms0011
eriks0011
leimingtang0011
pghrick0011
piazza0011
wewill19920011

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