Hassan, a native of Milton Mass., made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2014 after spending parts of six seasons in the minors. The 26-year-old outfielder/first baseman was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics this week, but he didn’t leave the Red Sox without a heartfelt message.
Hassan used Twitter on Tuesday to express his gratitude toward the Red Sox organization. The Boston College High School graduate even decided 140 characters wasn’t enough.
“I just want to take a moment to thank EVERYONE in the Red Sox organization,” Hassan said via Twitter. “To Lowell, Greenville, Salem, Portland, Pawtucket, and Boston, you have made being a part of the Red Sox organization an incredible experience for me.
“Thank you to the front office and scouting departments, who signed me and invested so much in me. Thank you to the coaches and roving instructors for all the time and energy you have invested to develop me as a baseball player, and for teaching me what it means to be a professional. Thank you to the trainers, team front offices, and clubhouse attendants who have worked tirelessly to help me throughout my career. I’m going to miss all the amazing guys that I had the privilege to call my teammates and my friends.
“One of the proudest things I will ever be able to say is that I got a chance to play for the Red Sox. I was only able to accomplish that dream because of all the tremendous people who have supported me along the way. I am forever indebted to you all. Thank you.”
Hassan, who was drafted in the 20th round in 2009, hit .287 with eight homers, 55 RBIs and an .804 OPS in 114 games with Triple-A Pawtucket this season. He went 1-for-8 with a walk in three big league contests.
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