Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Who Is This Guy?: Jolbert Cabrera

Last week the Mets signed Jolbert Cabrera to a minor league contract. Unfortunately, we all know that any player in the Mets organization who seem destined to stay in the minors or keep seats warm on the bench might end up starting at least half of the games in a season. So we should get to know all we can about this 37-year-old.


-was born on December 8, 1972 in Cartagena, Colombia. Yes, on the 31st anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Ew.

-is the older brother of the more talented and more successful Orlando Cabrera. Lot of issues there.

-signed with the Montreal Expos in 1990 but did not make his major league debut until April 12, 1998 for the Cleveland Indians. He remained in the Indians organization through 2002 before joining the Dodgers (2002-2003), Seattle Mariners (2004),
Fukuoaka Softbank Hawks (2005-2006), St. Louis Cardinals (2007), Colorado Rockies (2007) and the Cincinnati Reds (2008). The Fukuoaka franchise is actually in some Asian country called "Japan.".

-has actually played in 609 major league games over the past 11 years.

-has a lifetime .257 batting average, 18 career home runs and 157career RBI's.

-is a walk-off hit master. On August 5, 2001 he hit the game-winning walk-off single in the 11th inning to give the Indians a 15-14 victory over the Seattle Mariners. This is more impressive once you realize that the Mariners held a 14-2 lead in the 7th inning of that contest. Cabrera isn't simply a one-hit wonder: On September 7, 2008 he had a walk-off single for the Reds against the Chicago Cubs.

-he doesn't even need to make contact with the ball to be clutch - on June 7,2004 he had a walk-off walk for the Mariners against the White Sox. More like Clutch Cabrera.

-is part of the Hall of Fame. A shard of the bat used in the aforementioned 11th inning walkoff is in Cooperstown.

-also once hit into a triple play. Him and Francoeur could have a good laugh about that.

- has played every position except pitcher and catcher in the majors. That should come in handy.

-is someone I hope to never see this year.

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