MLB ballhawk Zack Hample gets roasted on Twitter after complaining about Clayton Kershaw

Zack Hample brought out the daggers of much of MLB Twitter when he complained about not getting a ball from Clayton Kershaw.

The name Zack Hample has become quite notorious among many baseball fans, and it is certainly a name beginning to draw ire among baseball industry people in interviews done with scouts, team officials and players in the last year or so that I’ve had.

On Monday, he started what became a Twitter firestorm with this trio of tweets:

Hample was attempting to get one of the signature balls that MLB used on Father’s Day. His tweet immediately set off a firestorm of sorts. The peak of which was when Paul Sporer, a contributor for Fangraphs and ESPN, offered this:

Hample responded with a since-deleted tweet asking Fangraphs and ESPN if such a tweet was representative of their company. Fangraphs responded that not only do they support Paul, but they agree with his sentiment (also since deleted).

Who Hample Is

Zack Hample is a baseball collector who attends multiple games yearly in hopes of attaining a baseball through home run, foul ball or other means.

He infamously caught the 3,000th hit of Alex Rodriguez, a home run. He then refused to give the ball back, instead selling the ball for charity.

While Hample does do plenty of charity work, he has also been noted for the aggressive nature of his pursuit of balls, which has led to his banning at three different stadiums, and Call to the Pen covered last summer when a petition was put out to ban Hample from all MLB stadiums for life.

Hample claims to be just short of 10,000 baseballs that he’s accumulated in his lifetime, per his blog. He has done some incredible work for charity with those baseballs, including the A-Rod ball, which netted $150,000 for charity.

For me, however, Hample was walking that edge of a guy taking the kid’s fun away from the randomness of getting a foul ball (near-miss stories on a foul ball or home run ball are almost as fun as the stories of the ball caught and kept), but last season the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins played an incredible game at Fort Bragg that had a lot of wonderful moments – and one irritating under-story, as Hample felt the need to work his way into the game.

He apologized after the fact, but that nonetheless took the attention away from what was otherwise an incredible event that perhaps may leave us with one of the best final memories of Jose Fernandez, who was absolutely awestruck both by the soldiers he met and by the situation of the game, including the pre-game flyover:

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