Arizona Diamondbacks honor paralyzed player Cory Hahn, drafting him with 34th selection

Hahn injured while sliding into second base

PHOENIX, Az. - The Arizona Diamondbacks gave a baseball player his biggest leap towards the big leagues, even though he can’t walk.

The Diamondbacks drafted Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn in the 34th round, a player who is paralyzed from the chest down.

The injury happened to Hahn as he was sliding into second base in a game against New Mexico in 2011, according to Baseball America.

The former Mr. Baseball in California was just a week into his freshman season at Arizona State.

“I cannot thank the @dbacks (Arizona Diamondbacks) enough for what they have done,” Hahn tweeted. “So humbled and will be forever grateful! So honored to be a diamondback!”

Before the injury, Hahn was a budding star. He batted .411 and went 14-1 on the bump for Mater Dei High in Santa Ana.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a similar move by signing Eric LeGrand in 2012. LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle on special teams at Rutgers University.

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