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Bryan LaHair’s roller coaster season results in a stint on the bench

Aug 8, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

Bryan LaHair AP

Cubs first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair‘s season has gone from an All-Star berth to the bench:

The Cubs’ feel-good story of the season isn’t feeling so good these days.

LaHair is back to staring at another set of long odds after being told this week he’ll be a bench player for the rest of the season — barring an injury or a trade of Alfonso Soriano — to make room for top prospect Brett Jackson to play every day in the outfield.

Even though this is his first big league season, LaHair is 29, so it’s not like he’s got some huge improvement in the offing or that he’ll be a  big part of the next good Cubs team.  And while the season started in rip-roaring fashion for him — he hit .390 with five homers and 14 RBI in April — since then his monthly OPSeseseses have been .792, .686 and .517. He’s 3 for 14 with three doubles in August, but no, no one is banking on greatness at this point.

Just another reminder that the season, she is long, and over the course of a hundred or more games, true talent levels are almost reflected in the numbers.

  1. snowbirdgothic - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Alternately, it can be seen as a cautionary tale about yo-yoing a guy’s playing time. LaHair was never going to be the next Ernie Banks, but the catering of his stats seemed to line up pretty well with when he started getting yanked in and out of the lineup irregularly.

    • okobojicat - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      well, it could be seen as a cautionary tale, if there was any yo-yoing of his playing time. But there hasn’t been. Since April 7 (LaHair’s first game) the Cubs have played in 106 games. LaHair has played in 93 of them.

      Month: Games: PLate Appearances: OPS
      April: 20: 70: 1.251
      May: 25: 99: .792
      June: 22: 70: .686
      July: 21: 69: .517
      August: 5: 14: .500

      This is a guy who simply played himself out of a job. he had a very good 2 months. But he’s got holes all over his swing and chases too many bad pitches.

      The reason he never got extended chances in the past was because he was always thought to be about this good.

  2. mattyflex - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I will tell you right now he was an excellent and a cheap acquisition on my MLB2k12 franchise.

  3. shoptaw70 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    They’ll find a place for him to play whenever they face the Cardinals in Wrigley in September. I think he’s gotten half his homers against them.

  4. ndrocks2 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Unfortunately for LaHair this story has ran it’s course. Put a fork in him he is done.

  5. tmohr - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    At least he’s set himself up for a few years as a cheap platoon option, particularly for an AL team needing a DH.

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