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29 Year Old Rookie Makes MLB All-Star Team

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The One Timer

The Chicago Cubs' first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair, he of 65 MLB games heading into this, his age 29 season, was named a reserve to the NL All-Star team.

 

Regardless of your opinions of the Cubs, you can't help but like the story. Guy's been a consummate professional for his entire career, and now, in his first true opportunity at the highest stage, he makes the All-Star Game.

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Mr Ricochet

Yep, a nice story. Has he been moved to the outfield by the Cubs? ......... Saw the kid the other day hit into a ground out and thought he had some nice foot speed.

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The One Timer

Yeah, they moved him to right field to accommodate top prospect Anthony Rizzo (ranked #1 in the Cubs system, #1 1B prospect in all of baseball, #29 prospect in all of baseball by MLB). He doesn't have the greatest foot speed, but he never takes a bad route in the outfield. Surprisingly sufficient arm for a natural first baseman out there.

 

For a while, LaHair lead the majors in homers. He's already got 5 against the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals.

 

Got to believe some contender will pick him up. Even though he really can't hit lefties much, he's still a .329/.403/.607 hitter versus right handers, and could easily make up the more crucial half of a first base or corner outfield platoon. Not like it's that hard to find a guy who can hit left handers and not do much else. Being as he's not even arbitration eligible until after 2014 and not going to hit free agency until after 2017, it'll likely cost at least one great and one pretty good prospect to get him. Guys that can hit .330 vs righties with power don't just grow on trees.

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The One Timer

Dude goes from rookie all-star and feel good story of the year to losing his job in August, and just got waived to pursue a career in Japan.

 

I know he wasn't the best player, but he played first, right, and left solidly, and you'd think that, coupled with amazing power from the left side, would at least net him a part-time job somewhere in the majors. Guess not.

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