Bobby Abreu

Bob Kelly Abreu (/əˈbreɪ.uː/; Spanish: [boβ aˈβɾeu]; born March 11, 1974), nicknamed "El Comedulce" and also "La Leche", is a Venezuelan former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets.

Abreu is a two-time All-Star, and has won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. He has been a single-season league leader in games played (twice), doubles, and triples. Through 2014, Abreu led active ballplayers in doubles (565), walks (1,456), and outfield assists (136), was fifth in runs scored (1,441) and stolen bases (400), seventh in extra-base hits (911) and on-base percentage (.396), and tenth in runs batted in (1,363).[1]

Bobby Abreu
Bobby Abreu
Right fielder
Born: March 11, 1974 (age 45)
Turmero, Aragua State, Venezuela
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1996, for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2014, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average.291
Hits2,470
Home runs288
Runs batted in1,363
Stolen bases400
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Career

Houston Astros

Abreu was signed as an amateur free agent by the Houston Astros on August 21, 1990. He was the Astros Minor League Player of the Year in 1996 and made his Major League debut on September 1, 1996, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was announced as a pinch hitter but did not get to bat because he was subsequently pinch hit for himself with Mike Simms.[2] He had his first official at-bat the following day against the St. Louis Cardinals when he flied out to left field as a pinch hitter in the top of the 6th.[3] After a few more appearances as a pinch hitter or late inning defensive replacement, he made his first start in left field against the Colorado Rockies on September 6, going hitless in four at-bats with 2 strikeouts.[4] Abreu's first Major League hit was a single to right field as a pinch hitter against Bobby Jones of the New York Mets on September 24.[5] He finished his first season with 5 hits in 22 at-bats. He hit his first two home runs in the same game on April 28, 1997, against Jamey Wright and Steve Reed of the Colorado Rockies.[6] He played in 59 games for the Astros in 1997, hitting .250 with 3 homers.

Left unprotected in the 1997 MLB Expansion Draft when the Astros decided to keep fellow Venezuelan outfielder Richard Hidalgo, Abreu was selected by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays, only to be dealt hours later to the Phillies for shortstop Kevin Stocker,[7] a trade regarded among the worst in MLB history.[8]

Philadelphia Phillies

Bobby Abreu in 2004
Abreu batting for the Philadelphia Phillies.

1998–2003 seasons

In 1998, his first season with the Phillies, Abreu led the team with a .312 batting average and collected 17 home runs, 74 RBI, and 19 stolen bases in 151 games, with 271 putouts and 17 assists in right field.

In 1999, he made a brief run at the batting title. His .335 career-high average that season ranked third in the National League and was the highest posted by a Phillies player since outfielder Tony González hit .339 in 1967.[7] His .446 career-high OBP was third in the league and he tied for the league lead in triples with 11.

In 2000, he finished fourth in the league in triples (10), sixth in doubles (42), seventh in walks (100), and ninth in OBP (.416). Abreu became the first Phillie outfielder since Greg Luzinski with back-to-back 20 homer seasons.

In 2001, Abreu led the NL in games played (162), and was third in walks (106), fourth in stolen bases (36) and doubles (48), and eighth in runs (118) and sacrifice flies (9). He also hit a career-high 31 home runs and had a career-high 110 RBI.

In 2002, he led the league in doubles (50), and was sixth in walks (104), seventh in stolen bases (31) and intentional walks (13), eighth in OBP (.413), ninth in hits (176), and tenth in runs (102).

In 2003, Abreu was fourth in the league in walks (109), seventh in sacrifice flies (7), eighth in OBP (.409), and ninth in stolen bases (22).

2004 season

In 2004, Abreu got his first All-Star berth, being voted in as the National League All-Star Final Vote winner in online voting on MLB.com.[9]

Abreu hit the first home run at Citizens Bank Park on Opening Day, April 12, 2004. He finished the season with a .301 average, 30 home runs, and 105 RBI, and ranked among the National League top five in five offensive categories: runs (fourth, 118) -- the third time in 6 years that he scored 118 runs, doubles (fourth, 47), stolen bases (third, 40—a career high), walks (second, 127—a career high) and on-base percentage (fifth, .428). In 2004, Abreu also led the Major Leagues in pitches-per-plate-appearance (4.32) and number of pitches seen (3,077), was eighth highest in the league in total bases (312), and posted the league's tenth-best OPS (.971).

2005 season

In May, Abreu was honored as the Player of the Month in the National League, after he hit .396 and 11 home runs. He also led the NL for the month in slugging average (.792), on-base percentage (.535), and walks (30) and was tied for the league lead with 30 RBI. He became the first player in Major League history to hit at least one home run in nine out of ten team games.

He was voted a starter in the NL outfield for the All-Star Game, finishing second in fan voting, behind St. Louis Cardinals Jim Edmonds. Prior to the All-Star Game at Comerica Park in Detroit, Abreu won the Home Run Derby as he set records with 24 home runs in a single round (since broken by Josh Hamilton in 2008), and 41 overall, topping Miguel Tejada's previous marks of 15 and 27 set one year earlier. Abreu's longest homer was measured at 517 feet, the third longest in Derby history.

New York Yankees

2006 season

Bobby Abreu with the Yankees in 2006
Abreu with the Yankees.

On July 30, 2006, Abreu was traded along with Cory Lidle to the New York Yankees for minor league shortstop C. J. Henry (a 2005 first-round draft pick), left-hander Matt Smith (a seven-year minor league veteran), catcher Jesus Sanchez, and right-hander Carlos Monasterios—all low-level prospects in the Yankee organization. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin called the trade "the Great Gillick Giveaway" and declared it "an unvarnished disaster." The Phillies actually improved after the Abreu trade and made a run for the National League wild card, only to be eliminated on the second to last day of the season.

Abreu fit well into the Yankees lineup. He batted .297 with 15 home runs and 107 RBI in the 2006 season. The Yankees ran away with the AL East division title by mid-September 2006, but were eliminated by the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 American League Division Series.

In 2006, Abreu led the major leagues in walks (124), pitches per plate appearance (4.45), and number of pitches seen (3,056), and was second in the major leagues in percent of plate appearances that were walks (18.5%),[10] and led the AL in percentage of pitches taken (66.2), and in walks per plate appearance (.181), third in batting average on balls in play (.375),[10] eighth in on-base percentage (.424), 18th in stolen bases (30), and 19th in doubles (41).

On September 12, 2006, Abreu drove in six runs in the first inning of the Yankees' 12–4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Abreu began the 9-run inning by homering with Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter on base, then concluded it with a bases-loaded double that scored Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera and Jeter.[11] The six RBIs tied Gil McDougald's 55-year franchise record for most in one inning (McDougald batted in six runs in one inning in 1951, his rookie season). Alex Rodriguez broke the record shared by Abreu and McDougald by driving in seven runs in the sixth inning of 2009 regular season finale, also against Tampa Bay.

2007 and 2008 seasons

After getting off to a slow start in (2007), Abreu finished the season strong putting up 101 RBI, 16 home runs and a .283 batting average. In 2007, Abreu was second in the AL in runs (123), third in pitches per plate appearance (4.38), ninth in games (158) and times on base (258), and tenth in walks (84) and plate appearances (699).

Abreu hit a walk-off double on July 9, 2008. On September 18, Abreu hit 2 home runs and had 6 RBI in a game versus the Chicago White Sox and Javier Vázquez. He finished the season with a .296 average, 20 home runs, and 100 RBI. He had the last stolen base in the original Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

2009 season

On February 12, 2009, Abreu signed a $5 million, one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and was expected to play left field. However, after Vladimir Guerrero was moved to DH due to injury, Abreu saw more action at his natural position in right field.

After struggling early in the season, Abreu hit .380 with 28 RBI in 26 games in July and was named American League player of the month. Abreu became the first Angels player to reach those figures in batting average and RBI in one calendar month since Tim Salmon, who hit .390 with 32 RBI in 27 games in July 1997.

On August 6, Abreu led off the fifth inning with a solo home run off Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks, giving him 250 homers in his career. Abreu became one of only six players in major league history to collect 250 home runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 1,000 runs batted in, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases. In 2009, he led the AL in errors by an outfielder, with 8.[12]

Though Abreu stated that he enjoyed his season with the Angels and was credited with helping many of the team's younger players to improve their swings and patience at the plate,[13] he turned down a two-year, $16 million extension on his contract on October 15.[14]

2010–2012 seasons

On November 5, 2009, the first day eligible players could file for free agency, Abreu accepted a two-year deal with the Angels, with a club option for 2012.[15] He cited the Angels manager, Mike Scioscia as one of the reasons, saying "He's one of those managers that lets you play the game, and he gives you big support." He also noted the organization publicly recognized his career achievements and consistently delivered opportunities to succeed in the postseason, saying, "This is a team that gives you an opportunity always to be in the playoffs. This time, my first time with them, I was very close to getting to the World Series, so why not stay? Of course you want a team that is going to give you opportunities to be in the World Series and win the World Series. I don't want to take a chance with someone else."[16]

During the 2011–2012 offseason, the New York Yankees proposed a trade to the Angels that would have sent starting pitcher A. J. Burnett to Anaheim for Abreu. Abreu would have become the Yankees' regular designated hitter, but Burnett vetoed the trade. On February 20, 2012, Burnett was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Yankees signed Raúl Ibañez to be the DH. Abreu was already annoyed that he wouldn't be playing every day for the Angels, and when he learned what Burnett had done, he ordered Angels' management to either play him every day as the designated hitter or trade him. Another proposed trade, which would have sent Abreu to the Cleveland Indians for Lou Marson, fell through.[17] Abreu was released by the Angels on April 27, 2012 and replaced on the roster by future Rookie of the Year and MVP Award winner Mike Trout.[18]

Los Angeles Dodgers

Bobby Abreu on May 9, 2012
Abreu as a member of the L.A. Dodgers

On May 4, 2012, Abreu signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[19] He was designated for assignment on August 1, 2012. Abreu cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to AAA Albuquerque. He had 6 hits in his 17 at-bats for the Isotopes before rejoining the Dodgers as a September call-up, spending the last month of the season as a pinch hitter. He played in 92 games with the Dodgers, hitting .246.

Second stint with Phillies

After sitting out the 2013 season, Abreu participated in the 2013–14 Venezuelan Winter League and logged a .322 batting average in 180 plate appearances with Leones del Caracas. On January 21, 2014, Abreu signed a minor league contract with the Phillies.[20] He was released before the season on March 27.

New York Mets

Bobby Abreu batting 2014 Mets
Bobby Abreu batting for the New York Mets in 2014

On March 31, 2014, Abreu signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.[21] On April 21, the Mets promoted Abreu from the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, after trading Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates.[22] He was designated for assignment on August 4 and officially released on August 10.[23][24] However, just four days later on August 14, the Mets re-signed Abreu to another minor league contract.[25] He was called back up to the majors on September 9, 2014. Abreu announced his retirement from baseball on September 26.[26] He singled in his final at-bat on September 28.[27]

Batting style

Abreu was noted for his plate discipline.[28][29] In 2009, he led the American League in percent of pitches taken at 67.5%,[30] while also having the fourth lowest percentage of swinging at the first pitch at 9.5%.[31]

Awards

  • 1996 Houston Astros Minor League Player of the Year
  • 1999 Venezuelan Winter League All-Star OF
  • 1999 Venezuelan Winter League Player of the Year
  • 1999 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
  • 2000 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
  • 2001 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
  • 2004 NL Silver Slugger Award (OF)
  • 2004 MLB All-Star
  • 2005 NL Player of the Month (April)
  • 2005 NL Gold Glove Award (OF)
  • 2005 MLB All-Star
  • 2005 Winner of the Home Run Derby at the MLB All-Star game (41 home runs over 3 rounds)
  • 2009 AL Player of the Month (July)

Personal life

Abreu dated former Miss Universe Alicia Machado; the couple later split, calling off their engagement.[32]

In the community

Abreu was involved in many events in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley communities. In 2001, he was the Honorary Chairman for the American Red Cross Blood Drive.

Abreu bought $10,000 worth of tickets to most Friday night games for children in his "Abreu's Amigos" organization during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In this program, the children got jerseys, coupons for concessions, and chances to meet Abreu on the field during batting practice.

Abreu was the 2004 recipient of the Phillies Community Service award and the Phillies' representative for MLB's Roberto Clemente Award.

In 2008, Abreu made a contribution to the Police Athletic League of New York City through his Abreu's Finest charity to provide boys and girls with recreational, educational, cultural and social programs.

Abreu is known as "El Comedulce" in Venezuela. The name translates roughly to "the candy-eater", which had been his father Nelson Abreu's nickname. Following Nelson's death, Abreu "began asking people to call him the same name as a way of honoring his father's memory."[33]

See also

References

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1994 Caribbean Series

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1997 Houston Astros season

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1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft

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2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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2005 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

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2005 Major League Baseball season

The 2005 Major League Baseball season was notable for the league's new steroid policy in the wake of the BALCO scandal, which enforced harsher penalties than ever before for steroid use in Major League Baseball. Several players, including veteran Rafael Palmeiro, were suspended under the new policy. Besides steroids it was also notable that every team in the NL East division finished the season with at least 81 wins (at least half of the 162 games played). Additionally it was the first season featuring a baseball team in Washington, D.C. after more than 4 decades, with the Washington Nationals having moved from Montreal.

The Anaheim Angels changed their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The season ended when the Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in a four-game sweep in the World Series, winning their first championship since 1917.

2009 Los Angeles Angels season

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's 2009 season was the franchise's 49th season. The Angels began the season as the two-time defending American League West division champions.

Perhaps the most notable player to depart in the offseason due to free agency was longtime closing pitcher Francisco Rodríguez, who signed with the New York Mets. Other notable free agent departures were 2008 acquisitions Jon Garland (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Mark Teixeira (New York Yankees). Notable free agent acquisitions included new closer Brian Fuentes, previously of the Colorado Rockies, and Bobby Abreu, previously of the Yankees.

Tragedy struck the Angels twice this season. Preston Gómez, the team's special assistant to the general manager, died January 13 of injuries sustained when he was struck by a car in Blythe, California, on March 26, 2008. As a tribute, the Angels began the season wearing black "PRESTON" patches on their left sleeve. Then, on April 9, rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident in Fullerton, California, hours after pitching 6 shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics in his first start of the season. As a tribute, the Angels continued to assign a locker to Adenhart at home and on the road, hang a jersey with his name and number in their dugout, and wear black patches with his name and number on their left breast for the rest of the season.

On September 28, the Angels clinched the American League West division title, their eighth in franchise history.

30–30 club

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 30–30 club is the group of batters who have collected 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Ken Williams was the first to achieve this, doing so in 1922. He remained the sole member of the club for 34 years until Willie Mays achieved consecutive 30–30 seasons in 1956 and 1957. Bobby Bonds became the club's fourth member in 1969 and became the first player in MLB history to reach the 30–30 club on three occasions and ultimately on five occasions, subsequently achieving the milestone in 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1978. He remained the only player to accomplish this until 1997, when his son Barry Bonds achieved his fifth 30–30 season. The most recent players to reach the milestone are José Ramírez and Mookie Betts, who achieved the feat during the 2018 season.

In total, 40 players have reached the 30–30 club in MLB history and 13 have done so more than once. Of these 40 players, 27 were right-handed batters, eight were left-handed and five were switch hitters, meaning they could bat from either side of the plate. The Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies and New York Mets are the only franchises to have three players reach the milestone. Five players—Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa—are also members of the 500 home run club, and Aaron, Mays and Rodriguez are also members of the 3,000 hit club. Dale Murphy, Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Larry Walker, Jimmy Rollins, Braun and Betts won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in the same year as their 30–30 season, with Bonds achieving this on two occasions (1990 and 1992). Both Mays and Rollins also reached the 20–20–20 club in the same season. Four different players accomplished 30–30 seasons in 1987, 1996, 1997 and 2011, the most in a single season.Due to the rarity of a player excelling in the combination of hitting home runs and stealing bases, Baseball Digest called the 30–30 club "the most celebrated feat that can be achieved by a player who has both power and speed." Of the 22 members eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, five have been elected and two were elected on the first ballot. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or deceased for at least six months, disqualifying nine active players and six players who have been retired for less than five seasons.

Abreu (surname)

Abreu is a Galician-Portuguese surname. The surname is particularly prevalent among those of Portuguese and Sephardic Jewish descent.

The source of the name is debated. The family name has a Portuguese form, and has been explained as being an ancient branch of the house of Normandy via the Countship of Évreux, France. It has also been linked to the name Abraham (Portuguese Abraão), the Biblical figure. Some argue that it is an abbreviation of the Portuguese phrase “Abraham the Hebrew” (Portuguese Abraão O Hebreu).

Prominent people with the surname are:

Abraham Abreu (born 1939), Venezuelan harpsichordist

Alcinda Abreu (born 1953), Mozambican politician

Aldo Abreu, Venezuelan recorder player

Aleixo de Abreu (1568–1630), Portuguese physician and tropical pathologist

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira (born 1988), Brazilian footballer

Anna Abreu (born 1990), Finnish-Portuguese singer

António de Abreu (16th century), Portuguese navigator and naval officer

António Caetano de Abreu Freire Egas Moniz (1874–1955), better known as "António Egas Moniz", Portuguese psychiatrist, neurosurgeon, and Nobel Prize winner

António Simões de Abreu (born 1947), Portuguese engineer and politician

Aryam Abreu Delgado (born 1978), Cuban chess Grandmaster

Bobby Abreu (born 1974), Venezuelan baseball player

Caio Fernando Abreu (1948–1996), Brazilian journalist and writer

Carlos Renato de Abreu (born 1978), Brazilian footballer

Casimiro de Abreu (1829–1860), Brazilian writer

Cláudia Abreu (born 1970), Brazilian actress

Diogo Abreu (born 1947), Portuguese geographer

Ermilo Abreu Gómez (1894–1971), Mexican writer

Eufemio Abreu (1901–?), Cuban baseball player

Fernanda Abreu (born 1961), Brazilian singer

Florêncio Carlos de Abreu e Silva (1839–1881), Brazilian lawyer, journalist, writer, and politician

Francisco Abreu (born 1943), Spanish golfer

George Leandro Abreu de Lima (born 1985), Brazilian footballer

Jesus Gil Abreu (1823–1900), American rancher and pioneer

José Abreu (1688–1756), Spanish administrator

José Antonio Abreu (1939–2018), Venezuelan pianist, economist, educator, activist, and politicians

Luciana Abreu (born 1985), Portuguese singer and actress

Lucy d'Abreu (1892–2005), the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death

Manuel de Abreu (1894–1962), Brazilian physician and scientist

Marco Abreu (born 1974), Angolan footballer

Marques Batista de Abreu (born 1973), Brazilian footballer

Marta Abreu (1845–1909), Cuban philanthropist

Norberto Collado Abreu (c.1921-2008), Cuban revolutionary

Pedro De Abreu (born 1989), Brazilian-American entrepreneur

Rico Abreu (born 1992), American racing driver

Santiago Polanco-Abreu (1920–1988), Puerto Rican politician

Sebastián Abreu (born 1976), Uruguayan footballer

Tony Abreu (born 1984), Dominican baseball player

Vânia Abreu (born 1967), Brazilian singer

Winston Abreu (born 1977), Dominican baseball player

Xavier Abreu Sierra (born 1950), Mexican politician

Yudit Abreu (born 1969), Cuban basketball player

Zequinha de Abreu (1880–1935), Brazilian composer

Home Run Derby

The Home Run Derby is an annual home run hitting competition in Major League Baseball (MLB) customarily held the day before the MLB All-Star Game, which places the contest on a Monday in July. Since the inaugural derby in 1985, the event has seen several rule changes, evolving from a short outs-based competition, to multiple rounds, and eventually a bracket-style timed event.

José Del Vecchio

José Del Vecchio Pasquali [en: del-vec'-keo / pascoal'-ee] (May 3, 1917 – May 27, 1990) was a Venezuelan doctor, journalist, and baseball promoter.Throughout his life, Del Vecchio shared his practice of medicine with the sport, giving impetus to college sports activities, especially baseball, being an advocate for young people so they could also enjoy the sport that he grew up with and loved.

Born in Charallave, Miranda, Del Vecchio was the son of Clemente Del Vecchio, Italian merchant, and Enriqueta Pasquali, of Italian-Venezuelan origin. After attending primary school in his hometown, he moved with his parents to Caracas, where he attended high school and entered the Central University of Venezuela. After graduating as a surgeon in 1943, he specialized in cardiology and hospital administration, serving as a physician in the Venezuelan oil industry from 1945 through 1988.In 1962 Del Vecchio created, along with former ballplayer Luis Zuloaga, the corporation Criollitos de Venezuela; a baseball development program committed to preparing of all social classes and backgrounds with the skills necessary to succeed in life and become responsible, productive citizens in their community.For over half a century, this corporation has been a renowned source not only of professional players who have shown their skills in Major League Baseball, among others Bobby Abreu, Bo Díaz, Andrés Galarraga, Freddy García, Pablo Sandoval, Luis Sojo and Omar Vizquel, but also of prominent citizens in different fields of national development.During his tenure with the Criollitos, Del Vecchio covered roles of manager, coach, scorekeeper and groundskeeper. He also offered free medical services to all members of the corporation and was its president from its founding until 1977. In the same year, he was appointed by the International Amateur Baseball Association as a chairman commissioner for the development of youth baseball worldwide.In addition, Del Vecchio served as advisor and consultant to the Venezuelan organizing committee of the IX Pan American Games held in Caracas in 1983, and was included in the Venezuelan National Sports Council in 1989. He also collaborated with the newspaper El Universal, where he published the results of his researches related to sports medicine, a specialty in which he became a pioneer in organizing programs and courses.Del Vecchio died in 1990 in Caracas, at the age of 73, due to natural causes. In 2005, he was enshrined in the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as part of their second class.

José Manuel Flores Sánchez

José Manuel Flores Sánchez (born September 25, 1986 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan model who was selected Mister Venezuela in 2009. He obtained the title of Mister Venezuela 2009 after being chosen by local Mister World franchiseholder, Osmel Sousa. Flores was also a rugby player and graduated from Business Management, majoring in Finance & Banking, with a minor in Globalization in the Universidad Metropolitana, in Caracas. He stands 195 cm (6'5").

Flores was the official Venezuelan delegate for the Mister World 2010 pageant in Incheon, South Korea, on March 27, 2010, when he placed in the Top 15 Semifinalists.As of 2011, Flores works with Venezuelan-based Record Label Cacao Music, owned by Major League Baseball player Bobby Abreu and Venezuelan entrepreneur Omar Jeanton. He acts as a spokesperson in the United States for the brand. He plans to pursue a career in Event Hosting, Presenter, and spokesperson, as well as modeling and acting.

Kevin Stocker

Kevin Douglas Stocker (born February 13, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitter. Stocker played with the Philadelphia Phillies (1993–1997), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–2000) and Anaheim Angels (2000).

A 1988 graduate of Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Stocker attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he played college baseball for the Huskies from 1989–1991. Stocker was also a member of the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha.

Stocker was selected by Philadelphia in the 1991 MLB draft, taken in the second round with the 54th overall selection. He made his major league debut in 1993 on July 7 at Veterans Stadium in a marathon game that lasted 6 hours and 10 minutes. Stocker played all 20 innings in the defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6. Stocker was credited with a game-saving play in the tenth inning when he made a miraculous throw to home-plate for a force-out. That year, the Phillies went on to be the World Series runners-up.

In his rookie season, Stocker batted .324 with two home runs and 31 RBI in 70 games. He was the regular Phillies shortstop through the 1997 season. In 1997 he enjoyed his best season, compiling career-highs in games played (149), runs (51), doubles (23) and stolen bases (11), adding five triples, four homers and 41 RBI.

During the 1997 expansion draft, Stocker was traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for Bobby Abreu. After two-plus seasons, he was released and signed with Anaheim. In an eight-season career, Stocker batted .254 with 23 home runs and 248 RBI. He now owns an Emerald City Smoothie franchise in Washington.

Kissimmee Cobras

The Kissimmee Cobras were a Florida State League baseball team based in Kissimmee, Florida that played from 1995 to 2000. They were affiliated with the Houston Astros and played their home games at Osceola County Stadium. Prior to 1995, the team was known as the Osceola Astros from 1985 to 1994.

Matt Smith (baseball)

Matthew J. Smith (born June 15, 1979) is a retired American professional baseball player. He was a left-handed relief pitcher who graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, where he played baseball. He was a 3-year letter winner and is the all-time leader in strikeouts (348) at OSU and was named to the Big 12 Second Team twice and First Team once. One of his favorite hobbies is golf.

He was drafted in the 44th round (1310th overall) in the 1997 Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox, but did not sign and attended Oklahoma State University. He was drafted again in the 4th round in the 2000 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees.

He split the 2005 season with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, and the Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers. In 47 games, he pitched 82​1⁄3 innings, posting a 2.65 ERA and a (5-4) record. Smith made his major-league debut on April 14, 2006 against the Minnesota Twins and recorded one out before being removed from the game.

Smith, C.J. Henry, and two other minor league players were traded in July 2006 by the Yankees to the Phillies in exchange for Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle. Smith pitched in 14 games for the Phillies in 2006.

In 2007, Smith pitched in nine games for the Phillies, compiling an 11.25 ERA before being optioned to the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx in late April. Smith went 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA and one save before being placed on the disabled list retroactively to June 13. Smith underwent Tommy John surgery on July 4, 2007. Smith was designated for assignment on January 4, 2008 and released, but was later re-signed to a minor league contract and invited to spring training on January 15. He became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs in January 2009. Smith was released by the Cubs after the 2009 spring training.

Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster (A)

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The team has played officially under two names since beginning play in 1883: the current moniker, as well as the "Quakers", which was used in conjunction with "Phillies" during the team's early history. The team was also known unofficially as the "Blue Jays" during the World War II era. Since the franchise's inception, 2,006 players have made an appearance in a competitive game for the team, whether as an offensive player (batting and baserunning) or a defensive player (fielding, pitching, or both).

Of those 2,006 Phillies, 51 have had surnames beginning with the letter A. Three of those players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, who played for the Phillies from 1911 to 1917 and again in 1930; second baseman Sparky Anderson, who played for the team in 1959 and was inducted to the Hall of Fame as a manager; and center fielder Richie Ashburn, who was a Phillie from 1948 to 1959. The Hall of Fame lists the Phillies as the primary team for both Alexander and Ashburn, and they are members of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame, as is Dick Allen. Ashburn's number 1 has been retired by the Phillies, who have also honored Alexander with a representation of the letter "P"; he played before uniform numbers were used in Major League Baseball. Ashburn also holds a franchise record; his 1,811 career singles are best among all of Philadelphia's players.Among the 34 batters in this list, catcher Hezekiah Allen has the highest batting average: a .667 mark, with two hits in his three plate appearances. Other players with an average above .300 include Bobby Abreu (.303 in nine seasons), Jim Adduci (.368 in one season), Ethan Allen (.316 in three seasons), Stan Andrews (.333 in one season), Joe Antolick (.333 in one season), Buzz Arlett (.313 in one season), and Ashburn (.311 in twelve seasons). Richie Allen's 204 home runs lead Phillies players whose names begin with A, as do Abreu's 814 runs batted in.Of this list's 17 pitchers, Antonio Alfonseca has the best win–loss record, in terms of winning percentage; his five wins and two losses notched him a .714 win ratio in his one season with the team. Alexander has the most wins (190), losses (91), and strikeouts (1,409), as well as the lowest earned run average (2.18) among qualifying pitchers; the only player to best Alexander in that category on this list is outfielder Mike Anderson, who made one pitching appearance in 1979, throwing one inning and allowing no runs (a 0.00 ERA).

Philadelphia Phillies annual franchise awards

The Philadelphia Phillies annual franchise awards have been given since 2004 by the Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to four members of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise for "season-ending achievements." The awards were created by Bucks County Courier Times Phillies beat writer Randy Miller, who also served as the chairman of the BBWAA's Philadelphia chapter. Winners receive a glass trophy shaped like home plate. In 2014, a fifth award was added: the Charlie Manuel Award for Service and Passion to Baseball.

Ramon Henderson

Ramon Gaspar Henderson (born August 18, 1963 in Monción, Dominican Republic) was the bullpen coach Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1998–2008. In 2008, he was assigned a Minor League coaching position with the Rookie Level Clearwater Phillies. At the end of the 2009, he was released from the Phillies organization. However, in November 2012, the Phillies rehired Ramon as a coach for the GCL Phillies. Henderson also played minor league baseball as an infielder in the Phillies organization from 1982 until 1989.

Ramon has become best known, however, for his role in the 2005 and 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Games, where he pitched to the Home Run Derby champions both years (Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, respectively). His performance in the 2005 Derby led to the well-publicized requests of Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada to have Henderson pitch to them as well in the 2006 Derby.

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