Brooks Conrad

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Brooks Litchfield Conrad

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Biographical Information[edit]

Brooks Conrad was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 8th round of the 2001 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Andrew Cotner and made his pro debut that summer.

On May 20, 2010, Conrad hit only the second "ultimate" pinch-hit grand slam in major league history. An ultimate grand slam is one that reverses a three-run deficit to end the game. In Conrad's case, he batted for pitcher Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded against Cincinnati Reds closer Francisco Cordero. The Braves had entered the inning trailing, 9-3, but had already scored three runs while making only one out. Conrad hit a ball to deep left field, which bounced off outfielder Jayson Nix's glove into the stands. At first, Conrad thought the ball had been caught by Nix and was about to head back to the dugout, when he saw his teammates were still running; he completed his circle around the bases and was mugged by teammates at home plate. His feat matched that of Jack Phillips for the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1950.

Brooks was a featured player in Cody Decker's YouTube short On Jeff Ears, a 2014 prank in which the entire squad of the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego's Triple A affiliate) convinced Jeff Francoeur that pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf. Conrad expressed in the video that Francoeur was the perfect person to play such a prank on as he does not pay attention to anything.

Conrad made his last big league appearance with the Pads in 2014. He later joined the Kansas City Royals organization as a bench coach for the Burlington Royals in 2017. He began his managerial career the following year with Burlington before moving onto the Lexington Legends in 2019. Conrad was slated for a return to Lexington in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic shut down minor league baseball. He managed the Columbia Fireflies in 2021 followed by the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2022-2023.

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2018 Burlington Royals Appalachian League 25-43 10th Kansas City Royals
2019 Lexington Legends South Atlantic League 68-70 7th Kansas City Royals League Champs
2021 Columbia Fireflies Low-A East 48-71 10th Kansas City Royals
2022 Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League 54-78 11th Kansas City Royals
2023 Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Kansas City Royals

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