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Cubs designate Bryan LaHair for assignment

Nov 20, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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Bryan LaHair batted .286/.364/.519 with 14 home runs over his first 74 games this season for the Cubs and was named to the NL All-Star team in early July.

Four months later, he’s out of the major leagues.

According to’s Carrie Muskat, the Cubs designated LaHair for assignment on Tuesday night so that he can pursue an opportunity in Japan. He hasn’t signed with an NPB team yet, but indications are that he will at some point in the near future.

LaHair was selected by the Mariners in the 39th round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft, then toiled away in the minor leagues for several seasons before finally being granted everyday playing time this past summer in Chicago. That steady climb through baseball’s professional ranks will now shift overseas, where LaHair’s raw power could make him a fan favorite.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Gotta sell high

  2. wlschneider09 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    The Cubs tried, but nobody was buying.

  3. tuberippin - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    But can he out-do Matt Murton?

  4. shynessismyelguapo - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Brian LaHair’s 2012:

    April 7th-May 9th: .384/.476/.767
    May11th-End of year: .217/.282/.343

    Another brutal reminder to not get too excited about a hot start.

  5. paperlions - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    There is usually a good reason for hitters that have 2700 PAs in AAA. Once MLB pitchers had some film to watch of his ABs, it was easy to get him out….I don’t think the Cubs were surprised.

  6. Charles Gates - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    2012’s installment of Chris Shelton. Glad he got a chance to tour the Bigs for awhile. I always root for the guys that put in significant time in the minors when they get their chance.

  7. willclarkgameface - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Boston will be calling this guy. Unless they just want a host of old, beat-up, injury prone former superstars to play the position, harkening back to days of old on Yawkey way.

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