It’s a shame Bryan LaHair doesn’t qualify for the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
Once Major League players accumulate 130 at-bats or spend 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club they’re no longer considered rookies.
LaHair basically played just enough with Seattle in 2008 to extinguish his rookie status: 136 at-bats, 45 games played.
But it took LaHair another three season before he rejoined a big league roster, playing 20 games with Chicago last September.
For all intents and purposes, the guy’s still a rook, but it seems LaHair just can’t avoid the middle ground in his career.
Many view LaHair as a Four-A hitter. MLB views him as a veteran. What’s a guy to do?
So far, all LaHair’s done is hit. And when compared to the eligible National League Rookie of the Year candidates he’s unquestionably atop the list.