Today the Red Sox signed Bryan LaHair, a Massachusetts native, to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. The thirty-two year old first baseman/outfielder has a recognizable name; he was an MLB all-star in 2012. A lefty hitter and right-handed fielder, LaHair has undertaken an unorthodox MLB experience. How has his baseball profession progressed over the years?
During the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, the Seattle Mariners drafted Bryan LaHair in the 39th round out of Saint Petersburg College (NJCAA). While advancing through the farm league affiliates, LaHair unremittingly substantiated that he could hit for both contact and power. From 2007-2011, LaHair smashed 113 homeruns and 168 doubles in AAA with a near .300 batting average. Clearly, LaHair endeavored an opportunity in the big leagues. Although LaHair made his first MLB appearance in 2008 for forty-five games with the Mariners, he had to wait until 2011 to touch an MLB park again.
As a twenty-nine year old starting for the Chicago Cubs, LaHair did not have considerable MLB exposure. However, LaHair productively served as a leader for the 2012 Cubs. During All-star Weekend, LaHair was not watching from home like myriad thirty-ninth round draft picks. Instead, he was respectively selected to represent the National League on the diamond. The nomination is certainly the zenith of LaHair’s abnormal career. After struggling for the remainder of the season, LaHair was released by the Cubs that November.
In the 2013 season, LaHair traveled over seas to play for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Japan Pacific League. He signed a five million dollar contract, but injured his hand, adding to his already numerous obstacles. In Japan, LaHair played with former MLB players such as Vicente Padilla and Wily Mo Pena. LaHair continued his struggles during his Japanese baseball transition. LaHair hit .230 with a high strike out frequency.
After his short time in Japan, the Cleveland Indians signed LaHair in February of 2014. LaHair predominantly played in AA with some AAA experience. While playing for the Akron RubberDucks, LaHair provided some young prospects with some leadership and veteran experience. In August, I went to see a New Hampshire Fisher Cats and watched LaHair play. To no surprise, LaHair was released after the season concluded. Will LaHair recuperate and positively alter his career with his childhood team? It will be perplexing to see how this veteran acquisition unfolds.
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