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Encyclopedia > Ruben Rivera

Rubén Rivera Moreno (b. November 14, 1973, in Chorrera, Panama) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played all or parts of 1995 to 2003 for five different major league teams. His cousin, Mariano Rivera, is a long-time closer for the New York Yankees. November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 47 days remaining. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969) is a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, a surefire future Hall of Famer considered by many to be The Greatest Closer of All-Time. ... Closer is the name of: An album by Joy Division; A song and remix album by Nine Inch Nails; An album by Josh Groban; A 2004 movie directed by Mike Nichols and written by Patrick Marber based on Marbers 1997 play. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ...


Career and travels

Rivera was signed by the New York Yankees in 1990. On April 22, 1997, he was traded with pitcher Rafael Medina and US $3 million to the San Diego Padres for infielder Homer Bush and minor leaguer Gordon Amerson and two players to be named later -- who turned out to be the highly anticipated Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu (who had refused to sign with the Padres, who had acquired MLB rights to him from his Japanese team, the Lotte Orions) and minor leaguer Vernon Maxwell. It was supposed to be a deal to help both teams, but Irabu was a major disappointment for the Yankees, and Rivera turned out to be at least a minor disappointment for the Padres, as he was never able to get on base on a regular basis during his four seasons in the Padres organization, mostly with the parent team (including as a starter in 2000 and 2001), and his considerable power did not sufficiently compensate for that major failing. He was released shortly before the 2001 season. The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego, California. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... Homer Giles Bush, better known as simply Homer Bush, is a Major League Baseball Second Baseman with a . ... Hideki Irabu was born in Hyogo, Japan on May 15, 1969. ... The Chiba Lotte Marines (千葉ロッテマリーンズ) is a professional baseball team in Japans Pacific League. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

The Cincinnati Reds signed him for the 2001 season, but he did not perform any better for the Reds in a reserve role than he did the Padres. They would waive him after the season, and the San Francisco Giants would temporarily pick him up but would release him a month later without his having played a game for them. Early in 2002, his old team, the Yankees, signed him as a free agent, but would release him during spring training after an infamous incident (see below), and the Texas Rangers signed him for the season. He performed poorly for them in a reserve role and was released immediately following the season. Early in 2003, the Giants, who had previously briefly owned his rights, signed him as a free agent. However, following the second infamous incident involving Rivera in his career (see below), the Giants released him on June 3, 2003. He has not since resurfaced in the majors. The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ...

For his career, Rivera finished with a .216 batting average, with a .307 on base average and a .393 slugging percentage in 662 games. Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, slugging percentage (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ...

Two embarrassing incidents

Fairly or not, Rivera would become known for two incidents where he showed lack of judgment, one off the field and one on.

Derek Jeter glove incident

After a 2002 spring training game, Rivera took teammate Derek Jeter's glove and bat, and then sold them to a sports memorabilia dealer, allegedly for $2,500. After this became known, his teammates allegedly held a vote and voted him off the team, and the Yankees front office abided by that vote and released him. When the incident became public, Rivera publicly apologized. Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is the current starting shortstop for the New York Yankees baseball team and a six-time All-Star. ...

Baserunning gaffe

The other incident for which Rivera is known happened on the field, also involving famed baseball broadcaster Jon Miller and involved multiple errors by both Rivera himself and the Arizona Diamondbacks defense on May 27, 2003. With one out in the bottom of the ninth in a 2-2 game, Rivera was a pinch runner on first base for Andres Galarraga, who had reached on a Tony Womack error. Marquis Grissom then hit a flyball to left, which David Dellucci misjudged; by this time, Rivera, who had gone past second base, was on his way back to first base, believing that Dellucci would catch the ball -- but he failed to tag second base as he was going back. Realizing his mistake, he then went back to step on second base, and then oddly enough decided to try for third base. He would be out easily except that Junior Spivey's relay throw went wildly past Alex Cintrón, covering third base. Having reached third base, Rivera, for no conceivable reason, chose to go for home, but the ball bounced to Womack, and Womack threw him out easily at home, preventing the would-be winning run. Jon Miller (born October 11, 1951 in San Francisco, California) is an American sportscaster, known primarily for his broadcasts of Major League Baseball. ... The Arizona Diamondbacks are a Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... Andr s Jos Padovani Galarraga [gal-lar-RAH-ga] (born June 18, 1961 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball first baseman and right-handed batter who has played for the Montreal Expos, St. ... Anthony Darrell Womack (born September 25, 1969) is a center fielder for the New York Yankees. ... Marquis Deon Grissom Grip (born 17 April 1967) is a Major League Baseball player. ... David Michael Dellucci (born October 31, 1973 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... Johnny Tyrone Spivey, Jr. ... Alexander Cintrón [sin-TRON] (born December 17, 1978 in Humacao, Puerto Rico) is a shortstop in Major League Baseball who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks (since 2001). ...

Miller, when he was calling the play, after Rivera was thrown out, made the following statement, often-played on highlight shows for some time after the play:

That was the worst baserunning in the history of the game!

The gaffe probably was not the only reason why Rivera was released by the Giants a month later, but it certainly did not help.

External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis

  Results from FactBites:
Ruben Rivera tried to sell Jeters glove!/Ruben Released(merged) - NYYFans.com Yankees Message Board (1545 words)
Rivera, who was signed to a one-year contract for $1 million last month, tried to sell Jeter's glove for $2,500, said one of the people familiar with the situation, who added that the glove had been returned and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Ruben Rivera said he was not speaking to reporters, and Cashman and Torre declined to comment.
Ruben Rivera, 28, was once considered the Yankees' top prospect, but he failed to live up to his potential in the Bronx and over four seasons with the San Diego Padres and one with the Cincinnati Reds.
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