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Jerry Hairston, Jr.
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Jerry Hairston, Jr. with Dodgers in 2012.
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 6
Utility player
Born: May 29, 1976 (age 36)
Des Moines, Iowa
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 11, 1998 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average
Home runs
Runs batted in
Career highlights and awards
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Hairston during his tenure with the New York Yankees in 2009.

Jerry Wayne Hairston, Jr. (born May 29, 1976 in Des Moines, Iowa) is an African and Mexican-American Major League Baseball utility player currently playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the grandson of former major leaguer Sam Hairston, the son of former major leaguer Jerry Hairston, Sr., and the brother of current major leaguer Scott Hairston.[1][2]
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High School & College

In High School, he was a 2-time All-State selection at Naperville North High School in baseball and an all-area selection in basketball. He was drafted in the 42nd round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles but chose instead to go to college. Hairston played college ball atSouthern Illinois University in 1996 and 1997, where he batted .360 for his career and was the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year in 1996. He was later inducted as a member of the Southern Illinois Baseball Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Baltimore Orioles

Hairston was drafted in the 11th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He made his professional debut in 1997 with the rookie-league Bluefield Orioles, where he hit .330 in 59 games. In 1998, he made a fast rise up the farm system, starting in A with the Frederick Keys, where he played in 80 games and hit .302, then he was promoted to the AA Bowie Baysox, where he hit .326 in 55 games and received a September promotion to the Major Leagues.
He made his major league debut with the Orioles on September 11, 1998 against the Anaheim Angels at second base, he was hitless in three at-bats in that game. He appeared in a total of 7 games in 1998, primarily as a pinch runner or late inning defensive replacement, and did not get a hit in 7 at bats. In 1999 and 2000, he split his time between the AAA Rochester Red Wings and the Orioles. He recorded his first Major League hit on June 27, 1999 off of New York Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernández and his first home run came off of Joey Hamilton of the Toronto Blue Jays on July 1, 1999. He had fairly regular playing time with the Orioles in 2001 and 2002 and was used more as a utility player in 2003 and 2004.
In his seven seasons with Baltimore, he played in 558 games, batting .261.

Chicago Cubs

He was traded (along with Oriole prospects Mike Fontenot and David Crouthers) to the Chicago Cubs in the 2005 offseason for Sammy Sosa. The Cubs attempted to use Hairston as a leadoff man, but he finished the 2005 season with an unremarkable on-base percentage of .336 and stole only 8 bases in 17 attempts. Even though most Cubs fans initially welcomed the dismissal of Sosa—whose performance was on the decline and was seen as a problematic teammate—the poor play of Hairston would eventually cause many fans to sour on this particular trade. In two seasons with the Cubs, he hit .251 in 152 games.

Texas Rangers

Hairston's statistics declined further at the start of the 2006 season, and on May 31, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Phil Nevin. Hairston was released from the Rangers after the 2006 season but re-signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Hairston won a spot on the opening day roster, as a reserve outfielder and utility player. A series of injuries to teammates Hank Blalock, Ian Kinsler, Mark Teixeira, and Frank Catalanotto, as well as the trades of Teixeira and Kenny Lofton, led to Hairston playing on a regular basis throughout the 2007 season. Hairston became afree agent after the season. In his two seasons with Texas, he hit .194 in 136 games.
Cincinnati Reds
On March 3, 2008, Hairston signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. On April 21, his contract was purchased by the Reds and was added to the roster. He was re-signed after the season, on January 7, 2009, to a one-year contract; the contract contained $2 million dollars in guaranteed

money.[3] In two seasons with the Reds, he hit .287 in 166 games.

World Baseball Classic

Hairston represented Mexico at the 2009 World Baseball Classic alongside his brother Scott. Hairston's mother was born in Mexico, making him eligible to play for the Mexican team.[4][5] He had 4 hits in 14 at-bats in the Classic.

New York Yankees

On July 31, 2009, he was traded to the New York Yankees for minor league catcher Chase Weems. On August 1, 2009, Hairston got his first hit and RBI as a Yankee. On October 17, 2009, he got his first career post-season hit in his first career post-season at-bat and later ended a 13-inning ALCS Game 2 by scoring on an error by the Angels' Maicer Izturis. This gave the Yankees a 2–0 advantage going into the third game of the series. He had 1 hit in 6 at-bats for the Yankees in the 2009 World Series. In his half season with the Yanks, he hit .237 in 45 games.

San Diego Padres

On January 18, 2010, Hairston signed a one year, $2.15 million contract with the San Diego Padres, the same team as his brother, Scott Hairston, was playing on.[6] Hairston's 2010 season was cut short in September with a fractured right tibia, but he still played in 119 games with the Padres, hitting .244.

Washington Nationals

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Hairston with Nationals in 2011 Spring Training.

On January 19, 2011, Hairston agreed to a 1 year, $2 million contract with the Washington Nationals that included over $1 million in incentives.[7] He played in 75 games for them, hitting .268.

[edit]Milwaukee Brewers

On July 30, 2011, Hairston was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Double-A outfielder Erik Komatsu.[8] He played in 45 games for the Brewers, hitting .274.

[edit]Los Angeles Dodgers

On December 5, 2011, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Hairston to a two year contract worth $6 million.[9]
On June 1, 2012 Hairston was part of a Dodgers lineup that featured the sons of five former Major Leaguers (along with Tony Gwynn, Jr., Iván DeJesús, Jr., Dee Gordon andScott Van Slyke). This was the first time in Major League history that this had occurred. It was also the first time a starting infield of four major league sons had ever occurred:first baseman Van Slyke, second baseman Hairston, third baseman De Jesus and shortstop Gordon.[10]
On August 22, it was determined that Hairston would need surgery on his left hip. The injury had bothered him for some time before he finally went on the disabled list on August 13. The surgery would sideline him for the rest of the season.[11] In 78 games with the Dodgers in 2012, Hairston hit .273 while playing numerous different positions.

[edit]Performance-enhancing drugs controversy

Main article: Mitchell Report (baseball)
According to Luis Fernando Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim, Jerry Hairston Jr. received genotropin, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and clomiphene citrate in 2004. One of Hairston's prescriptions was written by "A. Almarashi." Investigators believe Almarashi is an alias for a Queens, N.Y., doctor stripped of her medical license in 1999. She is awaiting trial on multiple charges after allegedly writing bogus prescriptions for thousands of online customers she never examined. Hairston denied any connection, stating "Not one time have I taken steroids or anything like that. [ . . . ] I would never do anything like that to jeopardize my career or my family's name."
On December 13, 2007, he was cited in the Mitchell Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation Into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball.[12]

[edit]Personal life

Jerry's brother Scott is also a professional baseball player. Their father Jerry Hairston, Sr. and grandfather Sam Hairston were also major league players, making him the first African American to be a third-generation major-leaguer. Hairston's heritage is also Mexican American on his mother's side.[4] His uncle Johnny Hairston also played in the majors. Several other family members have also played in the minor leagues.
He attended Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois and Southern Illinois University. Hairston became a Jehovah's Witnesses in July 2000.[13]

See also

References and citations

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  3. ^ "Reds re-sign Jerry Hairston Jr". Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  4. ^ //**a**// //**b**// [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (January 25, 2009). "World Baseball Classic: Team Mexico taking on old prejudices". Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  6. ^ By Corey Brock / "Hairston to join brother in San Diego". Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  7. ^ "Nationals, utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. agree to one-year deal". September 13, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  8. ^ "Nats deal Hairston for outfield prospect". July 30, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  9. ^ "Dodgers sign Jerry Hairston Jr.". December 5, 2011. Retrieved Decemberer 5, 2011.
  10. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (2012-06-03). "Dodgers again will be limited financially in amateur draft". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
  11. ^ Jerry Hairston Jr. to have surgery, season comes to an end
  12. ^ Mitchell, George (December 13, 2007). "Mitchell Report on Steroid Use in Baseball" (PDF). Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  13. ^ No byline (2001-06-25), "Hot Hitter Plays With Fire". Sports Illustrated. 94 (26):76

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