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Bryan LaHair has gone from All-Star to out of Cubs’ plans

Sep 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Bryan LaHair AP

One side effect of Anthony Rizzo‘s emergence for the Cubs is that Bryan LaHair has fallen completely out of the team’s plans just months after being named an All-Star.

LaHair was a great story in the first half, finally getting his big chance at age 29 after a decade in the minors and hitting .286 with 14 homers and an .883 OPS to represent the Cubs in the All-Star game.

However, he’d already begun slumping by then and after initially trying LaHair in the outfield once Rizzo arrived the Cubs have basically given him a permanent spot on the bench. LaHair has a grand total of 101 plate appearances in the second half and has hit just .187. Dating back even further, since hitting .384 with a 1.243 OPS through May 10 he’s hit just .212 with a .612 OPS in 88 games.

When asked yesterday about LaHair’s status, manager Dale Sveum said:

I think for his sake he needs to go play winter ball again and get those at-bats he missed out on and be ready for spring training just like he was this year. … Yeah, that [securing a big role with the Cubs will be difficult] goes unsaid really. Rizzo is healthy and playing time will be tough to find.

Obviously the Cubs will try to get something for LaHair this offseason, but much like we saw with Evan Meek and the Pirates yesterday the “former All-Star” label isn’t exactly guaranteed to create trade interest when the selection was iffy in the first place.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    The Cubs have a plan? Who knew?!??!?!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Millions of Cubs fans, the great new front office…you know, a few folks.

      • kevinleaptrot - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        I don’t think the word “great” means what you think it means.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Jed and Theo are great in my book. But okay.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      The Cubs have a better long term plan that at any time in recent memory. They are not trying the quick and dirty route like 2007. Properly executing this plan is another discussion.

  2. diehardrandy - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Another prospect that the Cubs mishandled psychologically. They play Brian, he produces and then realizes he is just a stepping stone to Rizzo. Another conflicting plan involving good players at the same position and not converting either to be valuable to the team. With Rizzo being Theo and Jed’s guy from SD Brian could see he was the product of the previous management team and thus likely to be the odd man out.I firmly believe Brian will be a good major league player and hope it will be with the Cubs.

  3. flmdcubswin - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Every Day it just gets worse… Our Records 9/20/11..68-87 — 9/20/12…58-92….We as fans try so hard to just hope that maybe something, one thing or two or three players will finally try to give us a winner. Get a plan, a real plan not just let’s throw 8 guys out there every day to fill the spots on the field and in the batting order. Management can’t just hope we will win… Bring back Mike Quade….

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