|San Diego Padres|
|Second baseman / Third baseman|
January 16, 1980 |
San Diego, California
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Right|
|July 21, 2008 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||52|
Brooks Litchfield Conrad (born January 16, 1980) is an American professional baseball second baseman and third baseman, who is in the minor league organization of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). 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.
Conrad was drafted by the Houston Astros in the eighth round (236th pick) of the 2001 Draft. 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.
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 on November 18.
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. On July 7, 2009, Conrad hit his first career Major League triple off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano. On September 1, 2009, Conrad was called back up to the Atlanta Braves.
In 2010, fans lauded Conrad for frequently picking up clutch hits at the end of games, but shunned him for defensive miscues at the end of the season and postseason. 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. On June 12, 2010, dropped down an eventual game winning suicide squeeze bunt to score Gregor Blanco in the 9th inning against the Minnesota Twins. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. The infielder committed eight errors in his final seven games of the year.
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. 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. It was Conrad's fifth career pinch-hit homer and also his fifth career game-winning hit.
Tampa Bay Rays
On June 21, 2012, the Tampa Bay Rays claimed Conrad off waivers. 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. Conrad was designated for assignment on August 7 when Evan Longoria returned from the Disabled List.
San Diego Padres
On January 4, 2014, Conrad and the Padres agreed to a minor league deal that did not include a spring training invite.
- Baseball America
- Arizona State Player Bio: Brooks Conrad
- Baseball Reference: 2001 draft
- Conrad makes presence felt with Braves
- "Braves 2010 Season in Review: Brooks Conrad". Talking Chop. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
- O'Brien, David (Oct 10, 2010). "Braves face elimination after blowing lead in ninth against Giants". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
- "Brooks Conrad". NBCSports. January 7, 2012.
- Tigers reach agreement with Conrad