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He's Back! Mark Hamburger returning to Melbourne
10/19/2017 8:13 PM ET
Mark Hamburger (Melbourne Aces) - Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM - Action from the 2016/2017 Australian Baseball League (ABL) Championship Series between theJet Couriers Melbourne Aces v Brisbane Bandits proudly presented by WellDog at the Melbourne Ballpark.
Mark Hamburger (Melbourne Aces) - Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM - Action from the 2016/2017 Australian Baseball League (ABL) Championship Series between theJet Couriers Melbourne Aces v Brisbane Bandits proudly presented by WellDog at the Melbourne Ballpark.  (SMP IMAGES)

Barely a day has gone by this off season where we haven't been asked… "Is Mark Hamburger coming back next season?" Well, today we are thrilled to be able to confirm Mark Hamburger has re-signed with the Melbourne Aces for season 2017/18.

30-year-old Hamburger quickly became a fan favorite in his debut ABL season at Altona both for his performances on and off the field. 

Well known for skateboarding to games, riding through down Swanston Street in an Aces uniform, giving impromptu pitching lessons to young fans and sliding across tarps during rain delays… we can't wait to see what he's got in store for us this season.

Hamburger's 2016/17 included 11 appearances for the Aces. The righty out of St. Paul, Minnesota, went 5-1 on the season with a 1.90 ERA, the best in the ABL. His 75.2 innings pitched was the most of any ABL pitcher in 2016/17, recording a WHIP of only 0.99, another ABL best. 

His stellar season on the bump led the major leaguer to the Aces' 2016/17 Pitching Award and single season strikeout record with the Aces. 

During the ABL offseason Mark pitched for his hometown of St. Paul in Double-A baseball and was signed for a brief stint with the Somerset Patriots in the Atlantic League. Combined he went 13-6 with a 3.52 ERA.

Mark's elite endurance allows him to go deep into games and keep the bullpen fresh and ready for the rest of each series, something Melbourne manager, John Deeble, loved in him last year and will no doubt continue to utilize this year as the Aces look to go one better in 2018.

Welcome back Mark!

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This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.