Scott Hairston

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Scott Hairston
Scott Hairston on August 7, 2014.jpg
Hairston with the Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals – No. 7
Left fielder
Born: (1980-05-25) May 25, 1980 (age 34)
Fort Worth, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 7, 2004 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .242
Home runs 106
Runs batted in 313
Hits 589
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Scott Alexander Hairston (born May 25, 1980) is an American professional baseball player for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs. He bats and throws right-handed.

Hairston comes from a noted baseball family, with his grandfather, Sam Hairston, father, Jerry Hairston, Sr., and his brother, Jerry Hairston, Jr. having been Major League players.[1][2] Juan Lagares of the New York Mets now wears Scott's number, 12.

High school years[edit]

Hairston attended Canyon del Oro High School in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley, Arizona and was a letterman in baseball. While there he was a teammate of current Detroit Tigers second baseman/first baseman Ian Kinsler.[3]

College[edit]

He played college baseball at Central Arizona College, alongside future major leaguer Ian Kinsler.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Hairston was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2001 MLB Draft. He started at second base for part of his rookie season of 2004, but has played mostly a reserve role since then. On July 27, 2007, the Diamondbacks traded him to the San Diego Padres for Leo Rosales.[5]

Hairston with the San Diego Padres in 2008

San Diego Padres[edit]

During his first game as a San Diego Padres starter (August 3, 2007), Hairston hit two consecutive home runs. The first was a 3-run blast in the 8th inning that pushed the game against the Giants into extra innings and the second was a walk-off blast in the 10th inning. Hairston was placed into the game to substitute for Milton Bradley. The following day in his first at-bat, Hairston hit another home run, making it three home runs in three consecutive at-bats (just the 7th Padre to homer in three straight at-bats). The first game was also the game in which Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run to tie the all-time record previously held by Hank Aaron.

Hairston has become a fan favorite in San Diego, well known for his clutch home runs and late-inning heroics. He has hit three walk-off home runs for the Padres, in addition to other walk-off hits. From 2007–2009, he hit 12 home runs in late and clutch situations.[6] These are classified as at-bats in the 7th or later with the batting team tied, ahead by one, or the tying run at least on deck. He has been particularly tough against the Giants, with 11 of his 58 career homers coming off San Francisco, as well as 23 RBI, by far the most against any team he’s faced.[7]

Hairston hit a home run to break a 6–6 tie in the top of the 13th inning against the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 Wild Card tie-breaker game. The Rockies won the game in the bottom half of that inning.

Hairston represented Mexico at the 2009 World Baseball Classic alongside his brother Jerry. Hairston's mother was born in Mexico, making him eligible to play for the Mexican team.[8][9]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On July 5, 2009, Hairston was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Sean Gallagher and minor leaguers Ryan Webb and Craig Italiano.

Second stint with San Diego Padres[edit]

On January 16, 2010, Hairston was traded back to the San Diego Padres, along with outfielder Aaron Cunningham in exchange for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and minor leaguer Eric Sogard.[10]

New York Mets[edit]

Hairston during his tenure with the New York Mets in 2011

On January 20, 2011, Hairston signed a one-year contract with the New York Mets.[11] He resigned with the Mets on January 5, 2012, to a one-year contract worth $1.1 million.[12] On April 27 in Colorado, Hairston became the 10th Met in history to hit for the cycle.

On October 3, 2012, Hairston hit his 20th home run (a personal first) of the season off Tom Koehler in the Mets regular season finale against the Miami Marlins.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Hairston became a free agent following the 2012 season. He agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs in January 2013 with up to $1 million in performance bonuses.[13] The contract became official on February 10, 2013.[14] He began the year in a platoon in right field with Nate Schierholtz and was used as a pinch-hitter when he didn't start. He went 3-31 with 2 HR in April, 8-31 with 2 HR in May, and 6-31 in June and the beginning of July with 4 HR before being traded

Washington Nationals[edit]

On July 7, 2013 Hairston was traded to the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro.[15] Used mostly off the bench in 2013 with Washington, he did start in left field against most left-handed starters, spelling Bryce Harper or Denard Span. He finished July going 2-17 with 0 HR, went 6-23 with 1 HR in August, and went 5-18 with 1 HR in September. In 85 games combined in 2013, he hit .191 with 10 HR and 26 RBI in 157 AB.

Family[edit]

Hairston comes from the biggest Major League Baseball family. He is the brother of Jerry Hairston, Jr., the son of Jerry Hairston, Sr., the nephew of Johnny Hairston, and the grandson of Sammy Hairston, a former Negro Leaguer who later became the first African American player in Chicago White Sox history. The five Hairstons that have played in the majors set a record; in addition, Sam Hairston, Jr spent a year in the minors as part of the Chicago White Sox organization;[16] Johnny Hairston had two sons, Johnny Jr[17] and Jason[18] who had brief minor league careers. Two other three-generation MLB families have four members each: the Boone family (Ray, Bob, Bret and Aaron) and the Bell family (Gus, Buddy, David, and Mike). Hairston is of Mexican descent on his mother's side.[8] He and his wife, Jill, and sons, Landon (1/13/06) and Dallas (7/9/07), reside in Gilbert, Arizona.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brendannukah (March 16, 2009). "The Red Report: Jerry Hairston, Jr.". The Red Reporter. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Baseball Grandfathers, Fathers and Sons". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Grant, Evan (3/4/06). "Rangers' Kinsler eyeing second base". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 8/7/09.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Chen, Albert (6/11/08). "Second To None: He has been overshadowed this season by teammate Josh Hamilton; in fact, he has been overshadowed at almost every stop in his career since high school. But in this golden season of the second baseman, nobody has been more productive—almost historically so—at the position than the Rangers' Ian Kinsler". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 8/6/09.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ Brock, Corey. Padres acquire Hairston from D-backs. MLB.com. July 27, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2007.
  6. ^ "Scott Hairston 2009 Batting Splits". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Scott Hairston". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Dallas News http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/baseball/rangers/stories/032107dnsporangreport.2e82a26.html |url= missing title (help). [dead link]
  9. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (January 26, 2009). "Team Mexico taking on old prejudices". worldbaseballclassic.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (January 16, 2010). "A's land Kouzmanoff in deal with Padres". MLB.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ DiComo, Anthony (2011-01-20). "Healthy Young's one-year pact with Mets official". MLB.com. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  12. ^ Erni, Brian (2012-01-05). "Mets agree to terms with Scott Hairston". Metsblog.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  13. ^ Axisa, Mike (January 23, 2013). "Cubs agree to sign Scott Hairston". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Cubs sign Scott Hairston to 2-year deal". The Miami Herald. February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (July 7, 2013). "Nationals Acquire Scott Hairston". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hairst002sam
  17. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hairst001joh
  18. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hairst001jas

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Preceded by
Pablo Sandoval
Hitting for the cycle
April 27, 2012
Succeeded by
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