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From MLB to Hofstra Medical School


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Mark Hamilton had been around long enough to learn that on struggling affiliates, the minor league free agents are usually the first to go. The Gwinnett Braves, Atlanta's Triple-A farm team, languished through most of the summer in 2014. Hamilton joined them over the offseason, three years after earning a World Series ring as an occasional backup first baseman on the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. Hamilton was holding his own, but wasn't playing often enough. As July came and his 30th birthday neared, he began to sense the end was near. When Braves manager Brian Snitker called him into his office, Hamilton knew it was over.
Snitker assured him that everything would be OK.


Hamilton told him he would go to medical school.

"Looking back on it, I'm not sure if he knew how serious I was about that," Hamilton said recently in a phone conversation. "But we can see how it all turned out."

Nearly six years later, Hamilton has a medical degree from the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and will soon enter the field of interventional radiology. In June, he will begin a six-year residency program that begins with Hamilton serving as a resident physician working the in-patient floors at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital in New York, which sits at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. At least one of his first 12 months will be dedicated exclusively to the intensive care unit.



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