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5/29/1976 (40 y, 9 m, 23 d)
1997 June Amateur Draft - Round: 11, Pick: 21, Overall: 345, Team: Baltimore Orioles
$6M / 2 Years (2012 - 2013)
Hairston will retire from baseball and join the Dodgers' broadcast team, the LA Times reports. (12/11/2013)
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It's been two seasons since Hairston hit .326 with 15 steals, and since then he's hit just .247 with 16 steals total. He has added a bit of power (ten homers in both 2009 and 2010) and always provides multi-position eligibility, but the big question is playing time. Hairston has managed 400+ plate appearances in each of the last two years, but it took an injury to Everth Cabrera to get him that much playing time this past season. Jerry Jr. is also coming back from injuries of his own -- including an elbow strain and a stress fracture in his tibia -- something that might not be so easy at 34 years old. Hairston is expected to be a part-time player regardless of where he ends up in 2011, limiting his value even more. Keep him away from your draft board, but also keep an eye on his playing-time situation and see if he goes on a BABIP-induced tirade at some point during the season. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Hairston's value is limited by his seemingly never-ending status as a part-time player, but he has managed to find regular at-bats thanks to injuries in the last few seasons. Keep an eye on him to see if he repeats his 2008 magic again.
For just the fourth time in his 14-year career, Hairston posted an above-average wRC+, performing admirably in mainly a reserve role for both the Nationals and Brewers, though he took over for Casey McGehee at the end of the season and started all 11 of the Brewers’ playoff games at the hot corner. The impressive showing earned him one of the two-year deals in the Dodgers’ veteran middle infielder lottery during the offseason. Though he doesn’t have a natural starting position, Hairston should see plenty of action, especially if Juan Uribe battles injury issues once again. Hairston doesn’t do anything well offensively, but he doesn’t do anything poorly either -- though he did run far less than he normally does last season. With second, third base and outfield eligibility in most leagues, He should be a decent bench option. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Hairston is past the point in his career where he can be an effective starter, but he has a shot at being a good super sub on your team since he qualifies at second base, third base and the outfield.
Hairston's public perception benefited greatly from a red-hot start in 2012, which helped him keep his batting average above .300 until nearly the All-Star break. That's an incomplete picture, however, because he missed two weeks early in the season with a hamstring pull and most of the last two months after hip surgery; between the two injuries in May & August, he hit only .261/.324/.364. Hairston's final wOBA of .320 was very similar to the .325 he put up in 2011, and that's more than adequate for a veteran who provides eligibility at at least three positions in most formats. Of course, at 37 in 2013, health remains a concern. (
The Quick Opinion:
Nearly 37, Hairston doesn't offer much in the way of power or speed any longer, but providing adequate batting average and on-base skills at multiple positions makes him useful nonetheless.
After a decent first half, Jerry Hairston hit a brutal .143/.189/.179 after the break, and only .179/.253/.192 overall against lefties. The Dodgers didn't include him on their playoff rosters, and he's now more of a detriment than an asset at any position he plays defensively. Hairston was long a fun toy because of his versatility and not-awful bat, but it was clearly time, and he's since called it quits.
The Quick Opinion:
Jerry Hairston had a long and often interesting career, and now moves onto retirement and a broadcasting job with the Dodgers.
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Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:37 AM ET
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