Bryan LaHair and Worcester’s many boys of summer continue the journey

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Bryan LaHair has hit home runs in Japan and Venezuela. Laced up his cleats in Des Moines, Tacoma, San Antonio and Chicago.

He’s been a Cub and a Cardenale, a Rattler, Rainier and a Rubber Duck.

He made his Major League debut in 2008 for the Seattle Mariners after 5-½ seasons in the minors and was a National League all-star in 2012, when he hit .390 through April and had 14 home runs by the break for the Chicago Cubs. By 2014, he was hitting .234 with 5 home runs for a double-A club in Akron, Ohio.

The former Holy Name star, 33, has indeed lived the full baseball life, and after spending last summer on the sidelines following his April release from Red Sox spring training camp, he seems to again be in full pursuit of the dream.

Bryan LaHair, the former Holy Name star and 2012 NL all-star with the Chicago Cubs, hit 16 homers for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in 2013, his lone season in Japan.

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Bryan LaHair, the former Holy Name star and 2012 NL all-star with the Chicago Cubs, hit 16 homers for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in 2013, his lone season in Japan.

“My expectation is to get back into the big leagues,” said LaHair, who will start that journey manning his customary first base in north central New Jersey with the independent Atlantic League’s Somerset Patriots. “I was out last year, but I’ve been training extensively since August. I lost weight and I’m in great shape.

“I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. A lot of my injuries are behind me and I’m just looking forward to moving forward.”

LaHair knows better than most how difficult it is to come by, let alone hold onto, such momentum. And he’s not alone. Worcester boasts a long and proud history in professional baseball, with dozens of players, coaches, scouts and executives making their MLB mark through the years.


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