Born: September 2, 1959|
Died: July 28, 2013 53) (aged|
|September 19, 1980, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1980, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||0|
Drungo LaRue Hazewood (September 2, 1959 – July 28, 2013) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1980. He spent the majority of his career in the minor leagues, playing for the Class AA Charlotte O's in the 1980s.
Hazewood was a first round pick, and the nineteenth player selected overall, by Baltimore in 1977. He spent that first season with the rookie-league Bluefield Orioles and was promoted to the Class A Miami Orioles for the 1978 season. In 1979, he hit 21 home runs with the Class AA Charlotte O's of the Southern League.
He made his major league debut in 1980. Despite a .583 batting average during spring training, he only joined the Orioles as a September call-up, appearing in six games and going hitless in five plate appearances with four strikeouts.
In 1981, Hazewood was back in the minor leagues. He struggled in 18 games with the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings, getting 6 hits in 64 at bats. He spent most of the year in Class AA with Charlotte. Hazewood hit .226 with 11 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 1982. In 1983, his last baseball season, Hazewood hit a combined .247 for two minor league teams. He left baseball during that season to take care of his mother, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Hazewood was known as a power hitter who struck out frequently and had difficulty hitting a curveball. He had more strikeouts than hits in every major league and minor league season he played. Former teammates have recalled Hazewood's strength and speed. Cal Ripken, Jr. described an incident in which Hazewood had snapped a baseball bat simply by twisting it.
Hazewood died from cancer at his home in South Sacramento, California, on July 28, 2013. He was 53 years old.
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- Davidson, Joe. "Hometown Report: Local legend Hazewood dies at 53 – Hometown Report". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
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