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December 12 – Happy Birthday Pedro Gonzalez

The most noteworthy thing about Pedro was that he was one of the first of what would grow into a long and strong list of Major League players to be born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Gonzalez played just about every positon on a ball field except pitcher or catcher and he was considered a bright prospect in the Yankee farm system in the early sixties. After two-plus decent seasons in Richmond, New York brought him up in 1964 and Yogi Berra used him in eighty games that year, as a backup in both the outfield and infield. He performed impressively enough to make the 1964 World Series roster and actually got a plate appearance in that Fall Classic against St Louis. Early during the following season, Pedro was traded to the Indians for a first baseman named Ray Barker. Gonzalez became Cleveland’s starting second baseman that year but despite a good glove, he did not have enough of a big league bat to keep that position or, as it turned out, to stick in the big leagues.

Pedro shares his December 12th birthday with this former Yankee closer,  this former Yankee shortstop and this one-time Yankee reliever.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1963 NYY 14 28 26 3 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 .192 .192 .231 .423
1964 NYY 80 123 112 18 31 8 1 0 5 3 7 22 .277 .331 .366 .697
1965 NYY 7 6 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .400 .400 .600 1.000
5 Yrs 407 1171 1084 99 264 39 6 8 70 22 52 176 .244 .282 .313 .594
CLE (3 yrs) 306 1014 941 78 226 29 5 8 64 19 45 147 .240 .278 .307 .585
NYY (3 yrs) 101 157 143 21 38 10 1 0 6 3 7 29 .266 .309 .350 .659
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2013.