Brooks Conrad

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Brooks Conrad
Brooks Conrad on July 24, 2012.jpg
Conrad with the Tampa Bay Rays
Free agent
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1980-01-16) January 16, 1980 (age 34)
San Diego, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 21, 2008 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .198
Home runs 23
Runs batted in 73
Teams

Brooks Litchfield Conrad (born January 16, 1980) is an American professional baseball second baseman and third baseman who is currently a free agent. He has played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay Rays, and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Hanshin Tigers.

Career[edit]

Conrad is a graduate of Monte Vista High School.[1] He was a member of the Arizona State baseball team from 1999-2001.[2]

Houston Astros[edit]

Conrad was drafted by the Houston Astros in the eighth round (236th pick) of the 2001 Draft.[3] He played with the Astros AAA team the Round Rock Express. Conrad played in the Houston Astros organization from 2001-2007 before becoming a minor league free agent after the 2007 season.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Conrad signed with the Oakland Athletics organization prior to the 2008 season. He was called up to play with the A's against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 21, 2008.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Conrad became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Atlanta Braves in November 2008.[4]

On July 3, 2009, Conrad hit his first major league home run - a 3-run shot as a pinch-hitter in the Braves 9-8 win over the Washington Nationals after being called up from AAA Gwinnett.[5] On July 7, 2009, Conrad hit his first career Major League triple off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano.[6] On September 1, 2009, Conrad was called back up to the Atlanta Braves.

In 2010, Conrad frequently picked up clutch hits at the end of games, but committed defensive miscues at the end of the season and postseason.[7] On May 20, 2010, Conrad came to the plate with one out, the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, with the Braves trailing 9-6. He hit a walk off grand slam against Cincinnati Reds' pitcher, Francisco Cordero, to cap an eight run comeback for his team.[8] On June 12, 2010, he dropped down an eventual game winning suicide squeeze bunt to score Gregor Blanco in the 9th inning against the Minnesota Twins.[9] On July 24, 2010, Conrad hit his second go-ahead grand slam of the year, in the 8th inning against Burke Badenhop of the Florida Marlins. The Braves went on to win, 10-5.[10] On August 10, 2010, with a runner on first and no outs in the top of the 9th, Conrad hit a two-run homer to put the Braves ahead of the Houston Astros, 3-2, in a game that the Braves would go on to win.[11] On August 13, 2010, Brooks hit his final game-winning home run of the season. This one came in the bottom of the 7th, against Hiroki Kuroda of the Los Angeles Dodgers.[12]

Conrad during his tenure with the Atlanta Braves in 2009.

In game three of the 2010 NLDS, Brooks Conrad made three errors in a loss to the San Francisco Giants, who would eventually go on to win the World Series. His second error, in the second inning, let in a Giants' run. His third error was far more important. After Eric Hinske hit a two-run, eighth inning pinch-hit home run to put the Braves ahead by one run, Conrad let a ball go between his legs in the top of the ninth. This error allowed the game-winning run to score. The Giants took a 2-1 series-lead. Conrad's three errors tied a Division Series record.[13]

Conrad was replaced by veteran third baseman Troy Glaus in game four, but he did appear as a pinch-hitter in the game, a series-clinching win for the Giants.[14] The infielder committed eight errors in his final seven games of the year.[15]

On May 1, 2011, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Conrad came off the bench to hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Braves a 6-5 victory.[16] Later in the month on May 25 in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Conrad launched a go-ahead and ultimately game-winning 2-run homer in the 11th inning.[17]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On January 7, 2012, Conrad signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. His deal included an invitation to Spring Training.[18] Conrad competed for a roster spot with Taylor Green and Zelous Wheeler in spring training in 2012.[19]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On June 21, 2012, the Tampa Bay Rays claimed Conrad off waivers.[20] On June 24, Conrad hit a pair of two-run doubles off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee to secure a sweep in a day-night doubleheader.[21] Conrad was designated for assignment on August 7 when Evan Longoria returned from the disabled list.[22]

Hanshin Tigers[edit]

Conrad with the Hanshin Tigers

Conrad signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball for the 2013 season.[23]

San Diego Padres[edit]

On January 4, 2014, Conrad and the Padres agreed to a minor league deal that did not include a spring training invite.[24] The Padres designated Conrad for assignment on August 19, 2014.[25] He was released on on August 21.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baseball America
  2. ^ Arizona State Player Bio: Brooks Conrad
  3. ^ Baseball Reference: 2001 draft
  4. ^ "Brooks Conrad named winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Award Presented by Pepsi" for May". MLB.com. June 7, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ Selig, Mark (July 4, 2009). "Conrad makes presence felt with Braves". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ Mika, Matt (May 9, 2014). "Baseball Journeyman Brings Experience to El Paso". MILB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Stark, Jayson (March 9, 2011). "Brooks Conrad moving past errors". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cooper, Jon (May 20, 2010). "Braves rally on Conrad's walk-off slam". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 13, 2010). "Fresh squeeze: Conrad provides heroics". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ Dorsey, Steve (July 24, 2010). "Conrad's slam highlights Braves' big rally". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ Gartner, Steve (August 11, 2010). "Conrad's homer in ninth keys Braves' win". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bowman, Mark (August 13, 2010). "Conrad's clout backs Hudson's gem". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ Newberry, Paul (October 12, 2010). "http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/11/brooks-conrad-errors-doom_n_757556.html". Huffington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Braves decide to bench Brooks Conrad". ESPN.com. October 12, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ O'Brien, David (Oct 10, 2010). "Braves face elimination after blowing lead in ninth against Giants". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ Cooper, Jon (May 1, 2011). "Braves rally, walk off with win against Cardinals". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ Bowman, Mark (May 25, 2011). "Conrad's latest pinch-hit heroics lift Braves". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ Nowak, Joey (January 9, 2012). "Brewers sign Conrad to Minor League contract". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Meet Brewers backup infielders – Green, Conrad & Wheeler". FOX6Now.com. March 15, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  20. ^ Chastain, Bill (June 21, 2012). "Rays claim Conrad off waivers from Brewers". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ Kaplan, Jake (June 24, 2012). "Lee remains winless as Phils are swept". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  22. ^ "American League team-by-team notebook -- Tuesday, August 7, 2012". CBS Sports. August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Tigers reach agreement with Conrad". The Japan Times. November 5, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  24. ^ Nowak, Joey (January 4, 2014). "Padres ink infielder Conrad to Minors contract". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  25. ^ Lin, Dennis (August 19, 2014). "Pregame: Hahn optioned, Garces up". U-T San Diego. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  26. ^ Lin, Dennis (August 21, 2014). "Benoit to avoid disabled list". U-T San Diego. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 

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