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Scott Hairston

San Diego Padres — No. --
Left fielder
Born: May 25, 1980 (1980-05-25) (age 29)
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
May 7, 2004 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Batting Average     .252
Home Runs     58
Runs Batted In     162
Teams

Scott Alexander Hairston (born May 25, 1980 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who plays for the San Diego Padres. Hairston bats and throws right-handed.

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High school years

Hairston attended Canyon del Oro High School in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley, AZ and was a letterman in baseball. While there he was a teammate of current All Star second baseman Ian Kinsler.[1] Hairston graduated in 1999.

College

He played college baseball at Central Arizona College, alongside future major leaguers Kinsler and Kyle Sinick.[2]

Professional career

Hairston was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2001 MLB Draft. He started at second base for part of his rookie season of 2004, but has played mostly a reserve role since then. On 27 July 2007, the D-backs traded him to the San Diego Padres.[3]

Hairston with the Padres in 2008.

During his first game as a San Diego Padres starter (3 August 2007), Hairston hit two consecutive home runs. The first was a 3-run blast in the 8th inning that pushed the game against the Giants into extra innings and the second was a walk-off blast in the 10th inning. Hairston was placed into the game to substitute for Milton Bradley. The following day in his first at-bat, Hairston hit another home run, making it three home runs in three consecutive at-bats (just the 7th Padre to homer in 3 straight AB) and earning his nickname "Hairball". The second game was also the game in which Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run to tie the all-time record previously held by Hank Aaron. Incidentally, Bonds' home run ball to left field flew over Hairston's head.

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

On July 5th, 2009, Hairston was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Sean Gallagher and minor leaguers Ryan Webb and Craig Italiano.

On January 16, 2010, Hairston and Aaron Cunningham were traded to the San Diego Padres for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and minor leaguer Eric Sogard.[6]

Family

Hairston comes from the biggest Major League Baseball family, and is a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. He is the brother of Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Justin Hairston, the son of Jerry Hairston, Sr., the nephew of Johnny Hairston, and the grandson of Sammy Hairston, a former Negro Leaguer who later became one of the first black players in Chicago White Sox history. The five Hairstons that have played in the majors set a record. The two other three-generation MLB families have four members each: the Boone family (Ray, Bob, Bret and Aaron) and the Bell family (Gus, Buddy, David, and Mike). Hairston is of Mexican descent on his mother's side.[4] He and his wife, Jill, and sons, Landon (1/13/06) and Dallas (7/9/07), the family resides in Gilbert, AZ.

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