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Johns Joseph Hamilton

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In the 1990 Baseball World Cup, Joey Hamilton was 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA for Team USA. In a 23-1 loss to Cuba, he allowed 10 runs in two innings. He was with the US for the 1990 Goodwill Games, when they won the Bronze.

He was the fourth overall pitcher taken in the 1991 amateur draft. Strangely, the first two - Brien Taylor and Kenny Henderson - never saw major league action.

He became the first Toronto Blue Jays pitcher to hit a double on July 14, 2001 off Nelson Figueroa of the Philadelphia Phillies. It was also the first RBI by a Blue Jays pitcher, scoring battery mate Darrin Fletcher.

He set a record for futility when he began his career by being hitless in his first 57 at-bats before recording his first hit in 1995. The record was broken by Jon Lester in 2015. Joey hit a lot better after getting the first hit under his belt, as he collected 43 hits in his career, including 8 doubles and 4 homers, for a .127 batting average - poor, but nowhere near that of the weakest-hitting pitchers in history.

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