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Brandon John Laird

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The brother of Gerald Laird, third baseman Brandon Laird was selected by the New York Yankees in the 27th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Dave Keith and made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Yankees, hitting .339/.367/.577 with 8 home runs and 29 RBIs in 45 games and making the Gulf Coast League All-Star team. He was 5th in the GCL in average and was only 40 points behind slugging leader Michael Burgess.

In the 2003 World Youth Championship, Brandon batted .323 with 7 runs as a 3B-OF for the USA as they won Gold. Laird hit .208 for the USA in the 2004 World Junior Championship as the starting second baseman, forming a middle infield combo with Justin Upton.

On December 30, 2009, Brandon and Gerald Laird were arrested during a fight at US Airways Arena during a Phoenix Suns-Boston Celtics game; Brandon was charged with disorderly conduct.

Brandon made his major league debut at 3B for the Yankees on July 22, 2011, taking over for SS Derek Jeter while 3B Eduardo Nunez moved to short. He walked in his first plate appearance, then got a hit, drove in a run and scored one in a 17-7 Yankee win over the Oakland Athletics.

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