In the blink of an eye, life can change. For Cory Hahn, it did in February 2011 when a slide into second base would turn his world upside down. The injury he sustained hasn’t defined him, instead, it strengthened his resolve to get him to where he is today.
Hahn grew up with parents that both played on the diamond at the collegiate level. Having that experience and support helped mold him as he developed from youth leagues through high school. A youth and high school career that included High School Player of the Year and California’s Mr. Baseball honors.
“I’m very fortunate to have two parents that were really involved in athletics. Their experiences, their careers, it helped me a lot. What it takes to be successful, what it takes to work hard and not rely on talent alone. That’s the most important things that they’ve taught me. You look around this game and everyone has talent, but that’s not what gets you to the next level.”
The foundation was built at home with the strong support of his family. That support would play a crucial role in the future. Hahn was a promising talent who had his eyes on a future big league career. In only his third game as a freshman, he went from sliding into second base for Arizona State to being paralyzed from the chest down.
For many, the journey in sports would’ve ended. Not for Hahn. It just meant that his career in baseball had turned in a slightly different direction. After hours of recovery and physical therapy, a return to ASU to finish his education was a priority. With determination and the backing of his family and friends, Hahn earned his degree in business.
34. 34 was the number that Hahn wore as a member of Sun Devils baseball team. That same number came into play for Hahn once again during the 2013 MLB Draft. The number was significant because the Diamondbacks chose him with their 34th-round pick. In 2015, the ballclub took things a step further when they announced the creation of the “Cory Hahn 34th Pick, on an annual basis for their 34th-round draft selection.
The Diamondbacks didn’t stop there. Their genuine interest in Hahn extended with an offer to join the team’s scouting department in 2014. Currently, the Diamondbacks Coordinator of Pro Scouting, he’s had the opportunity to be a part of a team that’s opened eyes and is now headed for the postseason.
“It’s exciting for us, the fans and the team. We have a really talented team, a young team. When you have a team like that, it takes a little bit of experience, a little bit of leadership to make it all click together. You work really hard at assembling a team like this. You know what they’re capable of.”
Ownership made a huge financial commitment to Zack Greinke, but it would be tough to understate what the acquisition of J.D. Martinez has meant to the ballclub.
“When you bring on one of the best bats in baseball it makes your team better. He’s been one of the top bats in baseball the last few years. It makes everyone around you better, it makes your lineup deeper, it makes the matchups harder. It’s tough when you have to pick your poison and you’re gonna face Martinez or Paul Goldschmidt. That’s tough for opposing players.”
Hahn is an ambassador for Wings for Life World Run, which supports the Wings for Life Foundation to fund life-changing spinal cord research.
“My favorite part is people getting up to run for those that can’t. It’s a really special event. People aren’t just running to set their best marathon time. They’re running for much more than that. They’re running for those of us that aren’t able to run right now. They raise money for spinal cord injury research. Fortunately, I’m one of those that get to represent so many people without a voice.