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The Schaumburg Boomers originally signed free agent infielder Gerard Hall on February 12, 2012.
Gerard Hall returns to Schaumburg after helping the team to their first championship season in 2013. Hall departed in the off-season, signing a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and being assigned to their Advanced-A club, the Visalia Rawhides before rejoining the Boomers on June 22.
Hall collected the first hit in franchise history for the Boomers in 2012 and was a fixture at the top of the order and up the middle for the 2013 Championship squad. The switch-hitter returned from an injury-shortened campaign in 2012 to put together a stellar season at shortstop for Schaumburg in 2013. One of five Boomers who represented the West Division at the 2013 Frontier League All-Star Game, Hall owned a .273/.331/.441 stat line in 91 games during the regular season and added 23 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs.
Hall tied with Steve McQuail for a team-high with 28 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games in 2013. The fleet-footed shortstop collected the most RBI in a game by a Boomers player with five on May 26 at Gateway and was the only Schaumburg slugger to swat multiple home runs in a game when he blasted two on September 1 at Evansville. With his 99 hits and 50 runs scored in 2013, Hall sits fourth in each category in the Boomers single-season record book.
Hall was an impact player for Schaumburg early in 2012 despite appearing in just 21 games. The switch hitter was batting .333 when he first injured his shoulder during the first home series in Boomers history and was placed on the 14-day injured reserve list on May 27. Hall belted a three-run home run in his first game back in the lineup on June 11 to lead the Boomers to a 5-3 win in Joliet over the Slammers. Hall continued to be a tough out at the top of the order and played outstanding defense up the middle until he reaggravated his shoulder injury, which required season ending surgery.
Prior to joining Schaumburg in 2012, Hall spent the previous two seasons in the Royals organization after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion University near the end of the 2009 season. After appearing in two games with the then Rookie League Burlington Royals in the Appalachian League, Hall returned to Burlington in 2010 and got his first taste of regular playing time as a professional, this time in the Low-A Midwest League. Hall batted .224 in 121 games, splitting time at both shortstop and second base.
Hall once again began the season in the Midwest League in 2011 where he had an outstanding first half and earned an All-Star selection after batting .280 with 14 doubles and four triples in 157 bats before the break. Hall moved up to the Class-A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks to finish the 2011 campaign and batted .255 in 32 games, adding 6 doubles and a triple.
A Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Conference selection as a senior at Old Dominion, Hall appeared in 149 games during his tenure as a member of the Monarchs Baseball Team. A career .304 hitter, Hall collected 26 doubles, 6 homers and 73 RBI in addition to 31 stolen bases over the course of his three seasons at ODU. Hall’s best season came in 2008 as a sophomore when the fleet-footed shortstop batted .361, was a perfect 13-13 in stolen base attempts and was second on the Monarchs with a .435 on-base percentage.
Prior to attending Old Dominion, Hall earned All-Metro honors and was a three-time All-Conference selection at Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C., where he also served as a team captain as a senior.