February 4, 2010 - Pioneer League (PL) - Missoula Osprey
Former Missoula Osprey outfielder Scott Hairston has been traded back to the San Diego Padres by the Oakland A's, the team that acquired Hairston in a July trade during the 2009 season.
Hairston, a 2001 member of the Osprey, was hitting .299 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs for the Padres when he was traded to Oakland. In 60 games with the A's, Hairston's production fell off a bit, and hit .236 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs.
The veteran outfielder made his major-league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks back in May of 2004, spending parts or most of the next four seasons with the Diamondbacks. He was traded in 2007 to San Diego in a non-waiver deadline deal. In 460 major-league games, Hairston has compiled a .252 batting average, 58 home runs and 162 RBIs.
With the Osprey in 2001, he combined with Jesus Cota to be a lethal 1-2 punch in the Missoula lineup. Hairston hit .347 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs in a season which the Osprey won more than 50 games and made the Pioneer League playoffs. Hairston combined with Cota to hit 30 home runs, the most ever by a pair of Osprey teammates until Bobby Stone and Paul Goldschmidt shattered the record in 2009.
Hairston still holds the Osprey record for most runs scored in a season (81), and is in the top 10 in 14 total offensive categories in Osprey single-season history.
The 2010 version of the Osprey will open their season on June 21 at Helena, and open the home schedule on June 25 against Billings.