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Alex Hassan Writes Heartfelt Letter to Red Sox After Being Claimed by A’s

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Alex Hassan is no longer a member of the Red Sox, but on Tuesday, the Boston-area native let the organization know how much they meant to him in becoming a pro ballplayer.

Claimed off waivers by the Oakland A’s on Monday, the outfielder/first baseman wrote to thank the club for every step that helped him go from a 20th round pick to getting his first taste of the major leagues.

“I just want to take a moment to thank EVERYONE in the Red Sox organization,” he wrote via his Twitter account. “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 saw 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, a native of Milton, Mass., came up through the Red Sox system after being taken by the team in the 20th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He has spent the past three seasons with the PawSox before getting his first taste of the majors this year, getting eight at bats in three games, recording a hit and a run with a walk and five strikeouts.

Over his 538 games in the Sox farm system, Hassan hit .291 with 130 doubles, 42 home runs, and 267 RBIs. This past year, he batted .287 with eight home runs and 55 RBIs in 114 games with the PawSox.

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