Can’t Touch This: JD Hammer Time

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Them

JD Hammer on the Reading “Pretzels” from a week ago. Photo: Steve Kiebach

The MC:

Stanley Kirk Burrell’s stage name is MC Hammer.  In late 1989 he first performed a song titled U Can’t Touch This on the Arsenio Hall Show.  The song was later released on the album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em on February 12, 1990.  The album was number one on the Billboard charts for 21 weeks.

The JD:

JD Hammer was born July 12, 1994 in Fort Collins, Colorado.  In 2016 he was drafted out of Marshall by his local team, the Colorado Rockies, in the 24th round of the summer draft.  On July 26, 2017 JD Hammer was traded, along with RHP Alejandro Requena and SS Jose Gomez, to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for RHP Pat Neshek.  He had 12 appearances with A+ Clearwater in 2017, and was invited to Major League Spring Training prior to the 2018 season.  Then it all went wrong.  JD battled injuries and was only able to make nine appearances for Clearwater.

2019 is proving to be a much better year for the electric youngster:  Following Major League Spring Training he made 13 appearances for AA Reading resulting in a 1.77 ERA with 26 K and 4 BB.  After one appearance in Allentown, he’s now headed to the big leagues.  Ironically enough, it’s Neshek–the player he was traded for–who is headed to the injured list to create this opportunity for Hammer.


Photo: Steve Kiebach

Hammer will pump 95-96 fastballs into the strike zone, then drop an 85-86 slider on you to keep you honest.  It’s a good recipe for success; we’ll have to see how it plays out now, starting in Milwaukee.

Do you remember where you were in 1990 when MC Hammer was climbing the charts?  Do you remember the summer of 1994 when he was born?  Do you remember where you were in 2019 when he got called up?

Yup, it’s Hammer Time.


See you at the park,




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