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Jerry Hairston PH

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
17 4967 .257 .324 .368 88 10.5
Birth Date5-29-1976
Height5' 10"
Weight195 lbs
Age42 years, 11 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1998 BAL 22 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 78 -0.2 0.1 -0.3 0.0
1999 BAL 23 50 193 47 12 1 4 11 24 3 9 4 .269 .323 .417 80 -4.2 -1.6 -0.1 -0.1
2000 BAL 24 49 212 46 5 0 5 21 22 6 8 5 .256 .353 .367 97 0.5 0.6 3.8 1.0
2001 BAL 25 159 602 124 25 5 8 44 73 13 29 11 .233 .305 .344 78 -14.2 -1.3 -0.4 0.1
2002 BAL 26 122 479 114 25 3 5 34 55 7 21 6 .268 .329 .376 89 -4.6 6.5 2.6 1.8
2003 BAL 27 58 259 59 12 2 2 23 25 6 14 5 .271 .353 .372 92 -1.7 -1.7 -2.2 0.0
2004 BAL 28 86 334 87 19 1 2 29 29 8 13 8 .303 .378 .397 103 1.9 -0.2 0.6 0.9
2005 CHN 29 114 430 99 25 2 4 31 46 12 8 9 .261 .336 .368 84 -8.2 2.6 2.4 0.9
2006 CHN 30 38 92 17 3 0 0 4 14 1 3 0 .207 .253 .244 59 -4.4 0.5 -1.4 -0.3
2006 TEX 30 63 100 18 3 1 0 9 20 1 2 2 .205 .286 .261 59 -4.8 -0.4 7.8 0.5
2007 TEX 31 73 184 30 7 0 3 11 24 3 5 1 .189 .249 .289 62 -8.1 1.4 2.3 0.1
2008 CIN 32 80 297 85 20 2 6 23 36 3 15 3 .326 .384 .487 110 4.3 2.8 -4.9 1.3
2009 CIN 33 86 340 78 18 1 8 21 46 3 7 3 .254 .305 .397 92 -2.5 0.8 -4.7 0.5
2009 NYA 33 45 93 18 5 0 2 11 8 3 0 1 .237 .352 .382 93 -0.5 -0.3 1.6 0.3
2010 SDN 34 119 476 105 13 2 10 31 54 5 9 6 .244 .299 .353 88 -6.2 -0.3 0.8 1.0
2011 MIL 35 45 138 34 10 0 1 11 16 3 1 0 .274 .348 .379 101 0.3 1.6 3.2 1.0
2011 WAS 35 75 238 57 11 1 4 22 30 2 2 2 .268 .342 .385 99 0.1 1.2 -5.5 0.2
2012 LAN 36 78 267 65 13 1 4 23 27 3 1 2 .273 .342 .387 95 -1.4 -0.2 6.2 1.2
2013 LAN 37 96 226 43 7 0 2 14 22 2 0 0 .211 .265 .275 81 -4.5 -0.6 -1.7 -0.2
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1997 BLU Rk APL 0 252 .000 .000 .000 .374 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BAL MLB AL 6 7 .248 .325 .394 .000 100 -2 0.2 0 78 9 -0.3 0.1 -0.2 0.0
1998 FRD A+ CRL 0 333 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BOW AA EAS 0 246 .000 .000 .000 .351 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 BAL MLB AL 50 193 .258 .331 .419 .293 97 -2.2 5.4 -0.3 80 12 -0.1 -1.6 -4.2 -0.1
1999 ROC AAA INT 0 462 .000 .000 .000 .317 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 BAL MLB AL 49 212 .272 .343 .434 .268 84 3.9 6.7 -0.3 97 10 3.8 0.6 0.5 1.0
2000 FRD A+ CRL 0 9 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ROC AAA INT 0 235 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BAL MLB AL 159 602 .265 .328 .424 .255 93 -13.3 17.9 -0.8 78 8 -0.4 -1.3 -14.2 0.1
2002 BAL MLB AL 122 479 .261 .329 .413 .295 97 0.5 13.8 -0.6 89 10 2.6 6.5 -4.6 1.8
2003 BAL MLB AL 58 259 .267 .333 .429 .295 98 -1.5 7.1 -1 92 7 -2.2 -1.7 -1.7 0.0
2003 ABE A- NYP 2 6 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOW AA EAS 6 23 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BAL MLB AL 86 334 .271 .335 .438 .327 105 3.1 9.9 -2.8 103 9 0.6 -0.2 1.9 0.9
2004 BOW AA EAS 5 16 .000 .000 .000 .154 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB NL 114 430 .265 .331 .424 .288 103 -7 12.4 0 84 10 2.4 2.6 -8.2 0.9
2005 IOW AAA PCL 5 25 .279 .344 .431 .368 89 -0.8 0.5 -0.1 85 0 -0.1 0.8 -0.9 0.0
2006 CHN MLB NL 38 92 .270 .332 .438 .250 95 -5.8 2.8 -0.3 59 12 -1.4 0.5 -4.4 -0.3
2006 TEX MLB AL 63 100 .275 .340 .440 .265 109 -7 3.0 -0.4 59 12 7.8 -0.4 -4.8 0.5
2007 TEX MLB AL 73 184 .272 .334 .425 .199 101 -13.5 5.5 -0.1 62 10 2.3 1.4 -8.1 0.1
2007 FRI AA TXS 3 12 .249 .320 .401 .125 106 -0.5 0.4 -0.2 49 0 0.0 -0.4 -0.9 -0.1
2007 OKL AAA PCL 4 17 .298 .352 .462 .077 97 -1.5 0.5 0.2 78 0 0.4 0.0 -0.6 0.0
2008 CIN MLB NL 80 297 .265 .329 .421 .357 99 11.4 8.6 1.7 110 8 -4.9 2.8 4.3 1.3
2008 LOU AAA INT 20 85 .263 .329 .412 .388 93 10.8 2.6 0.2 167 0 -1.4 -0.3 5.1 0.6
2009 CIN MLB NL 86 340 .263 .330 .416 .273 96 -0.4 9.8 1.6 92 10 -4.7 0.8 -2.5 0.5
2009 NYA MLB AL 45 93 .268 .334 .431 .239 107 -1 2.7 0 93 10 1.6 -0.3 -0.5 0.3
2010 SDN MLB NL 119 476 .257 .320 .401 .255 85 -1.7 13.1 2.3 88 8 0.8 -0.3 -6.2 1.0
2011 MIL MLB NL 45 138 .265 .329 .410 .308 104 -0.6 3.7 0.1 101 9 3.2 1.6 0.3 1.0
2011 WAS MLB NL 75 238 .252 .311 .389 .296 96 1.6 6.4 0.2 99 9 -5.5 1.2 0.1 0.2
2011 HAR AA EAS 2 8 .224 .292 .315 .167 81 -0.4 0.2 0.1 98 0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.0
2012 LAN MLB NL 78 267 .255 .313 .406 .292 93 2.5 7.3 -0.2 95 13 6.2 -0.2 -1.4 1.2
2012 ABQ AAA PCL 2 6 .271 .336 .421 .000 138 -1.5 0.2 0 49 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2013 LAN MLB NL 96 226 .250 .314 .387 .224 98 -11.1 5.9 -0.8 81 10 -1.7 -0.6 -4.5 -0.2
2013 RCU A+ CAL 2 5 .277 .367 .484 .000 90 -1.9 0.1 0 35 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.4 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1997 BLU Rk APL 252 221 44 73 13 4 2 100 36 21 29 13 9 .330 .413 .452 .122 0 0
1998 FRD A+ CRL 333 293 56 83 22 3 5 126 33 28 32 13 7 .283 .369 .430 .147 0 0
1998 BAL MLB AL 7 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
1998 BOW AA EAS 246 221 42 72 12 3 5 105 37 20 25 6 4 .326 .394 .475 .149 0 0
1999 BAL MLB AL 193 175 26 47 12 1 4 73 17 11 24 9 4 .269 .323 .417 .149 0 4
1999 ROC AAA INT 462 413 65 120 24 5 7 175 48 30 50 19 10 .291 .366 .424 .133 0 0
2000 BAL MLB AL 212 180 27 46 5 0 5 66 19 21 22 8 5 .256 .353 .367 .111 0 5
2000 FRD A+ CRL 9 8 1 3 2 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 .375 .444 .625 .250 0 0
2000 ROC AAA INT 235 201 43 59 15 1 4 88 21 29 32 6 4 .294 .396 .438 .144 0 0
2001 BAL MLB AL 602 532 63 124 25 5 8 183 47 44 73 29 11 .233 .305 .344 .111 4 9
2002 BAL MLB AL 479 426 55 114 25 3 5 160 32 34 55 21 6 .268 .329 .376 .108 4 8
2003 ABE A- NYP 6 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 .333 .667 .333 .000 0 0
2003 BAL MLB AL 259 218 25 59 12 2 2 81 21 23 25 14 5 .271 .353 .372 .101 2 10
2003 BOW AA EAS 23 20 4 6 1 0 1 10 2 1 4 0 0 .300 .391 .500 .200 0 0
2004 BOW AA EAS 16 13 4 2 1 0 0 3 2 3 0 2 0 .154 .313 .231 .077 0 0
2004 BAL MLB AL 334 287 43 87 19 1 2 114 24 29 29 13 8 .303 .378 .397 .094 4 6
2005 IOW AAA PCL 25 22 3 7 0 1 0 9 2 0 3 3 0 .318 .375 .409 .091 0 0
2005 CHN MLB NL 430 380 51 99 25 2 4 140 30 31 46 8 9 .261 .336 .368 .108 0 7
2006 TEX MLB AL 100 88 17 18 3 1 0 23 6 9 20 2 2 .205 .286 .261 .057 0 2
2006 CHN MLB NL 92 82 8 17 3 0 0 20 4 4 14 3 0 .207 .253 .244 .037 0 5
2007 FRI AA TXS 12 12 2 2 1 0 1 6 2 0 3 0 0 .167 .167 .500 .333 0 0
2007 OKL AAA PCL 17 15 2 2 0 0 1 5 1 2 1 0 0 .133 .235 .333 .200 0 0
2007 TEX MLB AL 184 159 22 30 7 0 3 46 16 11 24 5 1 .189 .249 .289 .101 4 7
2008 LOU AAA INT 85 79 11 30 8 2 4 54 19 3 9 1 1 .380 .405 .684 .304 1 1
2008 CIN MLB NL 297 261 47 85 20 2 6 127 36 23 36 15 3 .326 .384 .487 .161 2 8
2009 CIN MLB NL 340 307 47 78 18 1 8 122 27 21 46 7 3 .254 .305 .397 .143 3 6
2009 NYA MLB AL 93 76 15 18 5 0 2 29 12 11 8 0 1 .237 .352 .382 .145 1 2
2010 SDN MLB NL 476 430 53 105 13 2 10 152 50 31 54 9 6 .244 .299 .353 .109 6 4
2011 WAS MLB NL 238 213 25 57 11 1 4 82 24 22 30 2 2 .268 .342 .385 .117 0 1
2011 MIL MLB NL 138 124 18 34 10 0 1 47 7 11 16 1 0 .274 .348 .379 .105 0 0
2011 HAR AA EAS 8 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 .167 .375 .167 .000 0 0
2012 LAN MLB NL 267 238 19 65 13 1 4 92 26 23 27 1 2 .273 .342 .387 .113 2 1
2012 ABQ AAA PCL 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2013 RCU A+ CAL 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2013 LAN MLB NL 226 204 17 43 7 0 2 56 22 14 22 0 0 .211 .265 .275 .064 3 3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1096 0.5182 0.4489 0.8720 0.6004 0.2860 0.9179 0.7682 0.1280 0.0041
2009 1699 0.4862 0.4338 0.8630 0.5860 0.2898 0.9153 0.7628 0.1370 -0.0029
2010 1785 0.5132 0.4515 0.8672 0.5721 0.3245 0.9198 0.7695 0.1328 0.0067
2011 1477 0.5030 0.4448 0.8554 0.6030 0.2847 0.9063 0.7464 0.1446 0.0030
2012 1029 0.5102 0.4130 0.8565 0.5810 0.2381 0.9148 0.7083 0.1435 -0.0014
2013 834 0.4928 0.4556 0.8658 0.6180 0.2979 0.9213 0.7540 0.1342 -0.0018
Career79200.50370.44150.86320.59080.29030.91560.75400.13680.0016

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-09-26 2013-10-03 DTD 7 4 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-05-06 2013-05-27 15-DL 21 18 Left Groin Strain - -
2012-08-12 2012-10-04 60-DL 53 48 Left Hip Surgery Labrum and Impingement 2012-09-07 -
2012-05-09 2012-05-25 15-DL 16 14 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-04-29 2012-04-30 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Contusion HBP - -
2011-09-17 2011-09-18 DTD 1 1 - Neck Cartilage Injury Bulging Disc Epidural Injection -
2011-09-06 2011-09-08 DTD 2 2 - Neck Stiffness - -
2011-06-30 2011-07-18 15-DL 18 14 Right Wrist Fracture HBP -
2010-09-18 2010-10-04 DTD 16 15 Right Lower Leg Fracture Tibia -
2010-08-27 2010-09-12 15-DL 16 15 Right Elbow Strain -
2010-08-20 2010-08-24 DTD 4 3 General Medical Headache Migraine -
2009-09-24 2009-09-29 DTD 5 4 Left Wrist Inflammation Tendonitis with Cortisone Shot -
2009-06-01 2009-06-03 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-04-08 2009-04-11 DTD 3 2 Left Ankle Contusion -
2008-08-18 2008-09-08 15-DL 21 18 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-07-14 2008-08-01 15-DL 18 13 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-06-10 2008-06-26 15-DL 16 14 Left Thumb Fracture Thumb -
2008-05-21 2008-05-21 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness Dehydration -
2007-08-08 2007-08-29 15-DL 21 18 Right Trunk Stress Fracture Rib Cage -
2007-05-17 2007-06-05 15-DL 19 17 Right Shoulder Nerve Injury Pinched Nerve -
2005-09-17 2005-10-02 DTD 15 13 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2005-08-04 2005-08-19 15-DL 15 14 Left Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament -
2005-07-27 2005-07-28 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Calf -
2004-08-18 2004-10-04 60-DL 47 44 Left Ankle Surgery Fracture 2004-11-02
2004-07-27 2004-07-28 DTD 1 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2004-03-26 2004-05-11 15-DL 46 28 Right Fingers Fracture Ring Finger -
2004-03-05 2004-04-03 Camp 29 0 Right Fingers Fracture Ring Finger -
2003-05-21 2003-09-04 60-DL 106 94 Right Foot Fracture Foul Ball Off Fifth Metatarsal -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 LAN $3,750,000
2012 LAN $2,250,000
2011 WAS $2,000,000
2010 SDN $2,125,000
2009 CIN $2,000,000
2008 CIN $500,000
2006 CHN $2,300,000
2005 CHN $1,800,000
2004 BAL $1,650,000
2003 BAL $1,550,000
2002 BAL $300,000
2001 BAL $235,000
2000 BAL $205,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$20,665,000
13 yrTotal$20,665,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 127 dCasey Close2 years/$6M (2012-13)

Details
  • 2 years/$6M (2012-13). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/5/11. 12:$2.25M, 13:$3.75M. Retired 12/11/13.
  • 1 year/$2M (2011). Signed by Washington as a free agent 1/19/11. $1M in performance bonuses. Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Washington 7/30/11.
  • 1 year/$2.125M (2010). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/18/10.
  • 1 year/$2M (2009). Re-signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 1/7/09. $2M performance bonus. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Cincinnati 7/31/09.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2008). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 3/3/08 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 4/21/08. Performance bonus: $25,000 each for 75, 85 games. $50,000 for 95 g.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Texas as a free agent 1/07 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 4/07.
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2006). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/06 (avoided arbitration, $2.6M-$1.95M). Acquired by Texas in trade from Chicago Cubs 5/06. DFA 10/06.
  • 1 year/$1.8M (2005). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Baltimore 1/05. Re-signed 1/05 (avoided arbitration). $0.35M in performance bonuses based on PAs.
  • 1 year/$1.65M (2004). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/04 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.55M (2003). Re-signed 2/03 (avoided arbitration, $1.8M-$1.15M).
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2002)
  • Drafted by Baltimore 1997 (11-345) (Southern Illinois).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Jerry Hairston personifies utility, having played every position on the diamond aside from pitcher and catcher over the past three years. When he's standing it's usually at third or left, but more frequently he waits for his turn to pinch-hit.
2013 Signed to a two-year, $6 million deal, Hairston was a godsend for the injury-ravaged Dodgers early in the season, hitting .377/.447/.507 through May while playing plenty of second and third base. When he missed time in May with a hamstring injury, it counted as a crisis. Alas, playing through left hip impingement caused by a torn labrum took its toll on both his offense and defense. He concealed his condition until mid-August, but wound up needing season-ending surgery. Under best-case scenarios, Hairston should be ready for spring training, and while he's unlikely to recapture his early-2012 hot streak, he has evolved into a better hitter than most utilitymen, and could spot as a platoon-mate for Crawford or Ethier should the Dodgers take those two outfielders' shortcomings seriously.
2012 More Two Buck Chuck than fine wine, Hairston nonetheless is getting better with age; his TAv was only .244 through age 31, and it's been .260 since, with 140 of his 146 career games at shortstop coming after age 31 as well. He did a solid job while starting at four different positions apiece for the Nationals and Brewers, with his real value coming as a replacement for the latter's Casey McGehee come October. Hairston BABIP'd his way to a 15-for-39 postseason, helping him net the first multi-year contract of his career, a two-year, $6 million pact. Bank on him being worth more than Juan Uribe at less than half the cost over that timespan.
2011 Hairston was signed to give the Padres infield depth that they turned out to need: the utility player racked up 476 plate appearances covering for the injuries of others despite making multiple DL appearances of his own. His line was ugly before adjustments for Petco and his position, but the elder half of Hermanos Hairston was one reason that the Padres excelled defensively even when regular shortstop Everth Cabrera and second baseman David Eckstein were knocked out with injuries. Hairston did all that with a fractured tibia that was thought to be shin splints for much of the year; with a healthy leg, he should once again provide necessary depth off the bench on both sides of the ball.
2010 Acquired at the trading deadline, Hairston gave the Yankees a versatile utilityman who was used primarily to give Johnny Damon and Alex Rodriguez time off, but he also served as a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner, and outfielder. Hairston has never been that much of a hitter, but the Yankees got a little something extra due to his hot August (.293/.400/.512, two home runs in 51 PAs). His jack-of-all-gloves abilities make him a useful 25th man, but the 98 starts he received in '09 asked for more than he could provide.
2009 This is why it pays to persevere. Between the 2005 All-Star break and the end of the 2007 season, Hairston's major league performance pretty much stated "I don't belong"ómore than 500 plate appearances' worth of .212/.274/.291 performance. But just when it looked like there was not only a fork in him, it was starting to rust, Hairston made his way to the Great American Ballpark, and started one of the all-time romances between man and stadium. Bolstered by an amazing offensive assault at home (.410/.471/.590) and the "versatility" to play the outfield and also be able to stand at various infield positions during an emergency, Hairston is once again in demand.
2008 For two straight years, Hairston has failed to post either an on-base or slugging percentage above .300. Last year, his problems were compounded by back issues and a strained rib cage. A free agent at press time, Hairston will likely get a shot with someone just for the sake of roster flexibility, which is the advantage of being able to play six positions.
2007 Acquired from the Cubs in the Phil Nevin bake sale, Hairston batted .206/.270/.253 between the two clubs. With his production plummeting like an elevator with a snapped cable, a career of similar longevity to his pop`s, Jerry Sr., seems increasingly unlikely. No speed, no power, no patience, no batting average, no defense, no point. Hairston was released after the season ended in order to make room for Mike Wood, an excellent indication of his current perceived value. Texas gave him a one-year contract to come back and try again.
2005 Hairston has broken bones in his foot, ankle, and hand in the past two seasons. Between the broken finger in the spring and the broken ankle in August that ended his season, Hairston lost his second-base job to Brian Roberts and was thrown into the chaotic Oriole outfield mix. He actually did a credible job playing the outfield, and seems destined to return there in 2005. The real test will be whether he can handle center field on an extended basis, as his bat is acceptable for a center fielder.
2004 Hairston was off to an All-Star start, hitting .287/.387/.382 with 14 stolen bases through May 20. Unfortunately, he then fouled a pitch off his foot, and even though the ball didn't break anything, it made him hop around in pain, in the course of which he landed wrong and broke his foot. He was supposed to miss six to eight weeks, but it was 14 weeks before he got back, and even then his bat stayed behind (just .230/.254/.344). In the meantime, Roberts filled in well, and Mike Fontenot lit things up in Bowie. Hairston is likely to start the season in Baltimore, but is a strong candidate to be dealt by the July 31 deadline, if not earlier.
2003 For a few weeks right before the All-Star break, Hairston lost his job as the starting second baseman, thanks to a protracted slump and Brian Robertsís hot start in Rochester. After that, he finally started listening to his hitting coaches. Hairstonís best asset is speed, and he was taking the same approach at the plate that Gibbons or Batista would. So he cut down his swing, aimed for more line drives and less loft, and had a solid second half, being one of the few Orioles who didnít go into the tank in September. His job should be safe for another year at least.
2002 Hairston has a real chance to be this year's AL Gold Glove winner, now that Roberto Alomar is a Met. Unfortunately, his bat has been stagnant since 1998, and his aggressive baserunning is worth more in rotisserie than in baseball. It's not just the barely break-even stolen-base rate; Hairston was only six-for-ten trying to advance a base on fly-ball outs. You might expect that kind of dopiness on the Royals, but the Orioles canít afford it.
2001 He's the closest thing to a phenom the Orioles have. For two years in a row, injuries have kept him from challenging for the starting second-base job in spring training. In 2001, the job is his. Jerry Hairston Jr. is a solid contact hitter who showed much-improved patience last year; if he keeps it up, heíll become a legitimate leadoff option and a more valuable player.
2000 DeShields's injuries allowed Hairston to get an extended audition with the big club last year, and he took full advantage. The numbers don't do justice to his play, even if they are an accurate assessment of value. He was fun to watch on the field; he played with an energy that was rarely seen on the aging, lackluster Orioles.
1999 Hairston, whose dad and granddad both played in the majors, was a very quiet 11th-round Ď97 pick. I have a great fondness for players who explode in their second professional season, even though I haven't done the study to show that they always succeed. Many seem to. His hitting improved all season long, continuing into a strong Arizona campaign, and is classic #2 style - putting the ball in play, neither walking nor striking out too much. Moved from short to second just before being called up to Bowie, because of a weak arm. A longshot to take over for Alomar next year.
1998 Another legacy, the son of Jerry Hairston Sr. was the Orioles 11th-round pick this season. As one of the older players in the Appy League, he displayed a good bat and outstanding range to run away with my Gold Glove. Since most players suffer on their first exposure to a wooden bat, I think his performance was actually a little better than his numbers look.

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