Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters – No. 5
September 11, 1987 |
|July 22, 2011 for the New York Yankees|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||16|
Brandon J. Laird (born September 11, 1987) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball. Previously, he played for the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball.
High school and college career
Laird attended La Quinta High School in Westminster, California. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 27th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign, opting to attend Cypress College.
New York Yankees
On August 2, 2010, Laird was promoted from Double A Trenton Thunder to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Following the 2010 season, he was added to the Yankees' 40 man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Laird was awarded the 2011 Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award along with teammate Austin Krum on September 29, 2011.
On Friday July 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium, Laird made his Major League debut, and got his first Major League hit and RBI against Oakland Athletics pitcher Craig Breslow on a single to center field. He scored his first run earlier in the game, scoring on a single by Nick Swisher after working a walk off of A's pitcher Joey Devine.
Laird started the 2013 season with the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks. The Astros promoted Laird to the big leagues on April 18, 2013, after Brett Wallace was optioned to Oklahoma City. Laird had been hitting .353 in 12 games to earn his promotion. He was outrighted off the roster on October 2, 2013.
Kansas City Royals
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
In December 2009 Laird and his brother were arrested following a drunken brawl at US Airways Center during a Phoenix Suns–Boston Celtics game. Witnesses said the brothers had been cautioned by security guards when they arrived, because they were already intoxicated. Officers said Brandon Laird shouted derogatory remarks towards the wife of Eddie House, and then swung at one of the women. He was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Yankees prospect Brandon Laird shows major signs of progress / New Jersey Star Ledger