Bryan LaHair

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Bryan LaHair
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Cleveland Indians – No. 39
First baseman / Right fielder
Born: (1982-11-05) November 5, 1982 (age 31)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 2008 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .260
Home runs 21
Runs batted in 56
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Bryan Allan LaHair (born November 5, 1982) is an American professional baseball first baseman who is with the Cleveland Indians organization. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

LaHair playing for the Seattle Mariners in 2008

LaHair was selected by the Mariners in the 39th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft out of Saint Petersburg College.

LaHair spent the 2005 season with the Inland Empire 66ers, the Mariners' Single-A affiliate at the time, where he hit .310 with 22 home runs and 113 RBI, earning a spot in the California/Carolina League All-Star Game.

For 2006, LaHair was promoted to the Double-A San Antonio Missions and later to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. In November 2006, he was placed on the Mariners' 40-man roster.

After playing the entire 2007 season in Triple-A, batting .275 with 12 home runs, LaHair started the 2008 season with the Rainiers. In July 2008, he was called up to the Mariners shortly after the release of first baseman Richie Sexson.[1] The Mariners had called up infielder Tug Hulett directly following Sexson's departure, but sent him back down to make room for LaHair a week later. He made his Major League debut on July 18, 2008, as a pinch hitter, grounding into a double play. His first Major League Baseball hit was a line drive single to right field against the Boston Red Sox.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On January 9, 2010, LaHair signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs with an invite to spring training.

With the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, LaHair won the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player Award and Joe Bauman Home Run Award in 2011.[2] He was named the designated hitter on Baseball America's 2011 Minor League All Star team.[3]

He earned a promotion to the Cubs major-league roster in September 2011,[4] and in his debut for the team on September 4, recorded his first Cubs hit, a single off the Pittsburgh Pirates' Charlie Morton.

Prior to the 2012 season, Cubs manager Dale Sveum released a statement saying that Anthony Rizzo will start the season in Triple-A Iowa, making LaHair the every day first baseman. Following Rizzo's callup to the majors, LaHair was moved to right field. On July 1, 2012, Lahair was named to the NL All Star team as a reserve at first base.[5]

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (Japan's Pacific League)[edit]

On November 22, 2012, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks said that they signed LaHair to a two-year, $4.5 million contract. LaHair can opt out of the deal after 2013, and the deal is worth $5.2 million when the signing bonus and buyout are added. The deal has $2 million in incentives each year, and the Cubs received $950,000 in the deal.[6][7]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on February 5, 2014.

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