Joey Hammond was a four-year varsity player on the Governor Thomas Johnson High School baseball team that won the state championship in 1992. He was named the Frederick News Post Player of the Year in 1995. At UNC Charlotte, Joey played every inning in his three-year span and was named to the All-USA Conference team after batting .398. Joey’s 11-year professional baseball stint is the third-longest minor league career ever by a local Frederick County native. Joey was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 25th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft and went on to play in the Baltimore Orioles’ and Philadelphia Phillies’ organizations. During his career, Joey made it to the AAA level, ripping over 1,100 career hits and a career .274 batting average. He was named to the Reading Phillies All Decade Team (2000–2009). Joey currently serves as an assistant baseball coach at Wake Forest University in the premier ACC.