When prisoner Ryan Hamill was bypassed in the St. Louis Cardinal’s court system by Yadier Molina, he made the quick but random decision to begin law school at the University of San Francisco. Molina has played 17 years – and counts – in the big leagues. And now Hamill has become co-head of the baseball division for the Creative Artists Agency.
“I’ve always said I would give it three or four years in minors, and then reconsider,” said the 42-year-old Hamill, who was a star catcher at the West Hills Chaminade in 1997, a player at UCLA and UNLV and at 25th round draft of the Cardinals in 2000.
An internship at CAA made him think, “Man, this is something I could see myself doing.”
He has become one of the rising agents in professional baseball, representing Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito, Max Fried, Hunter Greene, Pete Crow-Armstrong and Jared Jones, among others.
“You have to understand and be dedicated to the people you work for,” Hamill said of the key qualities of being a sports agent. “It’s not the typical 9-to-5 job. You must be willing to work 24/7. It’s something I like to do. ”
Hamill will continue to represent his clients, but also take on the extra role of overseeing the baseball division. “I’m watching this while you’re the captain of the ship and steer everyone in the right direction,” he said.