19. Rocco Baldelli
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 25, 1981 in Woonsocket, RI USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: March 31, 2003
  • Final Game: October 03, 2010
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Rocco Baldelli had an excellent rookie season in 2003 when he debuted in the Majors with the Rays.  Finishing third in American League Rookie of the Year voting, the Centerfielder was seventh in Stolen Bases (27) and tenth in Hits (184), and he would bat .289 with 11 Home Runs.  The 2004 season was also good, with him having a career-high in Home Runs (16) and RBIs (74), and he was first among the AL Centerfielders in Assists and Range Factor per Game.  That was sadly the beginning of the end for Baldelli.

Before the 2005 season, Baldelli tore his ACL, and he would miss the next year and a half.  His return in 2006 was promising as in 92 Games he had 16 Home Runs and a .302 Batting Average, but the injuries compiled after, and he was never close to the same.  He infrequently played in the next two years, would join the Boston Red Sox as a Free Agent, and he would return to Tampa for 10 Games in 2010 before retiring.

Baldelli would have 531 Hits with the Rays with a .280 Batting Average.  He would later win the Manager of the Year in 2018 when he was the Minnesota Twins’ skipper.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 6th Overall in the Amateur Draft 6/5/00.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free by the Boston Red Sox 1/8/09.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 7/19/10.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 2010 Season.
  • Games Played: 457
  • Notable Statistics: 258 Runs
    493 Hits
    95 Doubles
    17 Triples
    53 Home Runs
    239 Runs Batted In
    59 Stolen Bases
    .280/.324/.444 Slash Line
    9.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Most Assists by a Centerfielder (2003 & 2004)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Centerfielder (2004)

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