Bryan Lahair making a statement early in the season
The Chicago Cubs 29-year old first baseman, Bryan LaHair, has put up some monstrous numbers in the early going of the 2012 baseball season. Despite playing in only 65 games in the majors between 2008-2011, LaHair is showing off why he won the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player Award and Joe Bauman Home Run Award during the 2011 season with the Iowa Cubs (AAA).
Through 19 games this season, LaHair is batting .372 with 4 HR’s, 11 RBI’s, and a .472 OBP. For a team that has struggled in recent years to get base runners across the plate, having LaHair in the cleanup spot is a huge step forward for the Cubs. In yesterday’s come from behind win against the Cardinals, LaHair homered to the opposite field in the 9th inning to send the game to extra innings showing that he does not shy away from big moments and has a clutch gene that will certainly help the Cubs this year.
I have to admit I was skeptical at first when the cubs made the decision to not resign Carlos Pena in favor of LaHair but he has proven me and many others out there that he is a big league first baseman with power that is not to be taken lightly.