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He was drafted 16th overall out of high school, making him the fourth highest-drafted Canadian in MLB history.
While playing high school baseball for the Langley Blaze of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League, Lawrie was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. The selection of Lawrie was the fourth-highest a Canadian player has ever been drafted, behind only Jeff Francis, Adam Loewen, and Phillippe Aumont, as the highest a Canadian position player has ever been drafted.
Lawrie finished the 2010 season with a .285 batting average, eight home runs, 63 RBIs, 90 runs, 16 triples and 30 stolen bases in 135 games with Huntsville. For his efforts he was named to the Southern League Post-Season All-Star team on September 1, 2010.
Considered by many to be one of Milwaukee's top prospects, he was traded on December 6, 2010, to the Toronto Blue Jays for starting pitcher Shaun Marcum. Despite Lawrie already having switched positions from catcher to second base after the Brewers drafted him, the Blue Jays moved Lawrie to third base.
Lawrie became engaged to UCLA and United States women's national under-20 soccer team forward Sydney Leroux, a childhood friend against whom he played in youth baseball leagues in Metro Vancouver, in October 2010. They broke off the engagement in October 2011, during Leroux's senior year at UCLA and just before she received her first call-up to the United States women's national soccer team.
After a brief stint in Single-A Dunedin ending with a game where he was hit by a pitch twice, Lawrie was promoted back to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 18, 2011.
He was named the third baseman on Baseball America's 2011 Minor League All Star team.
On August 4, 2011, Lawrie was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays. Travis Snider was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Lawrie. He made his debut on August 5 against the Baltimore Orioles. In his first career at-bat, he recorded his first career hit and RBI. He finished 2-for–4 with one RBI and a fielding error. Two games later, he hit his first career home run, a solo shot off of starter Alfredo Simón. In his second game at home on August 10, Lawrie recorded his first career grand slam, off of Oakland reliever Craig Breslow. The grand slam was also his first hit at the Rogers Centre. In the following series against the Los Angeles Angels, Lawrie recorded his first career triple and stolen base. On September 5, Lawrie hit his first career walk-off home run, a solo shot in the 11th inning off reliever Dan Wheeler to defeat the Boston Red Sox 1–0.
On May 1, 2012, Lawrie hit a game-winning, walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Blue Jays an 8–7 win against the Texas Rangers. In a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 15, Lawrie was ejected from a game after objecting to being called out on two consecutive strikes by umpire Bill Miller. The two pitches in question were proven by replay and through computerized strike zone analysis to not be in the strike zone. After both pitches, Lawrie started down the baseline, only to hear the strike call. Upon the strikeout call, Lawrie turned and yelled, prompting Miller to eject him. Lawrie threw his helmet on the ground, which then bounced and made contact with Miller. Manager John Farrell was also ejected after arguing with Miller. Lawrie was suspended for four games by Major League Baseball, and initially appealed the suspension but dropped the appeal on May 17. After a 7–4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on June 2, Lawrie was present at the Toronto Eaton Centre when a shooting took place. Lawrie, who was unharmed, posted on Twitter about the incident and was credited by some news outlets with breaking the story. Lawrie was awarded the Wilson fielding award for his defensive play at third base on November 4.
Lawrie started at second base for the first time in his major league career on July 13, and finished the game 0–4. After making 6 starts at second base, manager John Gibbons said in an interview with MLB Network Radio that Lawrie would play at third base exclusively for the rest of the season. On August 10, Lawrie's career-high 11-game hitting streak ended. During the streak, he batted .400 with two home runs and six RBIs. In 107 games with Toronto in 2013, he hit .254 with 11 home runs, 46 RBIs and a .963 fielding percentage at third base.
On February 13, 2014, Lawrie was announced as the cover athlete for the Canadian version of MLB 14: The Show. He replaces teammate Jose Bautista, who was the Canadian cover athlete for the previous two entries in the series. Lawrie hit his second career grand slam on April 15, 2014, in a 9–3 win over the Minnesota Twins. After the emergence of Juan Francisco as a viable option for the Blue Jays, Lawrie began playing second base against right-handed starting pitchers. He tied his career-high in home runs on June 6, 2014, when he hit his 11th of the season in a 3–1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Lawrie would then set a new career-high on June 20, when he hit his 12th of the season to assist the Blue Jays in a 14–9 win, having been down 8–0 after the second inning. Two days later, he was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Johnny Cueto and was forced out of the game. X-rays showed a fracture of his right index finger and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. On August 5, Lawrie was activated from the DL and started at third base that night. In the 4th inning, he was removed from the game due to back tightness, and was placed back on the 15-day disabled list on August 7 with an oblique strain. On September 2, Lawrie was moved to the 60-day disabled list, ending his 2014 season. He finished the year appearing in just 70 games, and batting .247 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs.
On November 28, 2014, Lawrie was traded to the Oakland Athletics, along with Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, and Franklin Barreto, for Josh Donaldson. After struggling early in the season, including a game on April 7 in which he struck out 4 times on 12 total pitches (earning him a golden sombrero), Lawrie hit his first home run as an Athletic on April 13. In a game on June 5 between the Athletics and the Boston Red Sox at Boston's Fenway Park, a fan named Tonya Carpenter was injured when Lawrie's bat broke while swinging at a pitch. The barrel of the bat was thrown into the stands, hitting Carpenter in the head. According to the Boston Police Department, Carpenter lost an extensive amount of blood and suffered life-threatening head injuries, but another fan wrapped her head in his shirt tourniquet and she was quickly treated and taken by Fenway Park medical personnel to Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
On December 9, 2015, Lawrie was traded to the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitchers J. B. Wendelken and Zachary Erwin. Primarily a third baseman in prior seasons, with the White Sox Lawrie played second base, and saw very occasional action as a DH.
Lawrie became engaged to model Dana Long on June 29, 2015. Lawrie proposed on Long's birthday. They got married seven months later, on Lawrie's birthday. In February 2018, Lawrie announced they were expecting their first child together, a boy.
Lawrie avoided salary arbitration with the White Sox by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract for the 2017 season on December 3, 2016. However, he was released by the White Sox on March 3, 2017.
After sitting out the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Lawrie signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on February 9, 2019. He was later released by the club later that year on June 18 without playing a single game for the organization.
Currently, Brett Lawrie is 33 years, 0 months and 15 days old. Brett Lawrie will celebrate 34th birthday on a Thursday 18th of January 2024.
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