8/30 LaHair hits 38th homer


Bryan LaHair belted his 38th homer but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 7-3, to Nashville on Tuesday. In a pregame ceremony in Des Moines, LaHair was honored as the Iowa Cubs’ 2011 MVP. He set the team’s all-time single-season home run mark with a blast in the sixth. LaHair now has passed Joe Hicks, who hit 37 homers for the Iowa team in 1984. LaHair came close to accomplishing the feat in the first inning, but settled for a double off the right-center field wall.
— Carrie Muskat


This is quite an accomplishment for sure but I have two questions: how does this play into the big league team’s plans for next season and how have previous I-Cub MVP’s fared at the major league level in times past? Thanks!

If this guy doesn’t get playing time over Pena the entire month of September just to evaluate him there are much bigger problems than Hendry’s mistakes. It may not be PROBABLE but it certainly is POSSIBLE LaHair may be an answer to first base next year allowing TONS of money to be allocated elsewhere (like the picthing staff and lead-off spot) and the only way to find out is give him the opportunity this September. So what if Pena sits? He’s been exposed for who he is…just an average RBI guy who can hit homeruns but certainly not the RBI clean up hitter this team needs. And RISP? Ha! The only difference between Pena and Soriano is Pena can field his position AND WE HAVE A CHANCE OF NOT HAVING HIM THE NEXT 3 YEARS.

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