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Arizona State’s Cory Hahn was one of the top MLB prospects in the country just two short years ago. Tragically, in 2011, Hahn was injured sliding into second base when he collided with the second baseman’s knee, leading to paralysis from the mid-chest down.
Hahn has remained upbeat through all of his rehabilitation, and has even returned to school at Arizona State. He serves as an inspiration to many others in recovery, and the Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to honor him in a special way.
The Diamondbacks selected Hahn in the 34th round of the MLB draft (Cory wore number 34), but the president of the team, Derrick Hall, insists that this is not for show — he would love for Hahn to come work for the Diamondbacks organization:
“It’s not about us. It’s really about Cory and his family. I was able to spend time with them right after the injury in his hospital room and he’s a wonderful kid. We want to make this permanent. We don’t want this to just be about the selection and him being a draft pick, but about him working in full-time employment with the Diamondbacks and hopefully we’ll make that come to fruition for he and his family here soon.”
This is a fantastic move — best of luck to Cory as he still looks to make an impact in Major League Baseball.
I cannot thank the @dbacks enough for what they have done! So humbled and will be forever grateful! So honored to be a diamondback!
— Coryhahn34 (@Coryhahn34) June 9, 2013