Stephen Bruno: Fan Favorite

ImageStephen Bruno has been voted in as the face of the 2013 Boise Hawks pocket schedule! A fan favorite, Bruno had an average of .361, the league’s best in 2012, with 3 HR, 37 RBI and 2 SB. He played in 67 of the 76 games and ended the season with 51 runs. An added bonus, Bruno proved that he could play at any position asked of him.

Bruno was drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur draft from the University of Virginia and was sent straight to Boise to begin his professional career June 20, 2012. While Bruno didn’t know what to expect of Boise, he enjoyed his time here and said that it reminded him a lot of Charlottesville, Virginia and that the people here were just as nice.

“Winning this contest is an absolute honor! Having this much fan support is truly amazing! I would like to thank everyone who voted! I feel extremely blessed!”

Since the 2012 season Bruno has been back and forth between his home in New Jersey and training in Arizona. He is currently in Arizona but will return home tomorrow. Bruno was recently invited back for the mini camp in two weeks just before Spring Training starts up for the Cubs!

Look for more on Bruno from Spring Training!

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Hawks Eye View: Hall of Shame?

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The world of social media and baseball blew up yesterday when there was no one voted into the Hall of Fame. This is only the second time in four decades this has happened. It was said that the steroid generation took away from both the hall and baseball itself. Record breakers such as Clemens, Bonds and Sosa didn’t come close to reaching the 75 percent needed to be inducted. What does this say for the future of the Hall of Fame; what message does this send out about steroids; what do you think?

Here are the views of a few of YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks!

“I understand why those guys didn’t get voted because it’s viewed that steroids is cheating, which it is. What I don’t understand is how Biggio didn’t get voted in. He is one of the top 2 second basemen in history, I don’t understand.”Michael Heesch

“I’m upset that no one got voted in because I feel there were some legitimate candidates, notably Craig Biggio and Jack Morris. I do not feel that heavily linked steroid users should have the distinction of first ballot hall of famers. With that being said, I do think the ones who are statistically worthy should eventually be allowed into the Hall of Fame but after some time has passed possibly.”Matt Iannazzo

“I believe that the guys on the ballot this year are well deserving to be in the Hall of Fame based on their performance and impact of the game. However, it’s really important to realize that steroids are cheating and harmful to one’s health. Ultimately steroids were a part of that era of baseball and there were many players using performance enhancing drugs. Although they were cheating, they were the best players and deserve recognition for that.”Stephen Bruno

“I think the Hall of Fame was made to honor the best players of baseball and the impact their individual efforts had on the game. Therefore, if you were a great baseball player in your era than you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. The steroid was no different from the era of greenies and amphetamines (which players in those eras got into the HOF), it’s a double standard. It sucks for the steroid era that didn’t do any performance enhancing drugs because it negatively impacts them and their perception (like guys question whether they did or didn’t and therefore don’t vote for them), guys like Craig Biggio that did everything he could possibly do to get in. There’s no way of determining past and present players of who did what. You have to put the players that deserve to be in the HOF, in the HOF, plain and simple.”Eddie Orozco

“It makes a huge statement. If you cheat, you’re not getting in no matter how good you are. I’m not sure how I feel on not letting guys in based only on suspicion. But if your under suspicion for so long then there has to be good reason for it. If they were truly clean then they wouldn’t be under heavy suspicion.”Carlos Escobar