César Gerónimo

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César Gerónimo [THAY-sar hay-RO-ne-mo] (b. March 11, 1948, in Dominican Republic), born César Francisco Gerónimo Zorrilla, is a former left-handed batter and outfielder in Major League Baseball who was a member of the Big Red Machine.

In 1967, Gerónimo was signed by the New York Yankees, who unsuccessfully tried to make a pitcher out of him. Two years later he made his major league debut with the Houston Astros. Ending the 1971 season he went to the Cincinnati Reds in a blockbuster, nine-player deal that also moved Joe Morgan to the Reds. A winner of four Gold Glove Awards between 1974-77, Gerónimo was the outstanding defensive center fielder of five divisional championship series and the 1975-76 World Series Champion Cincinnati teams.

In his 15 seasons, Gerónimo batted .258, with 51 home runs and 392 RBI, 460 runs scored, 977 hits, 161 doubles, 50 triples and 82 stolen bases. He also holds the dubious distinction of being the 3,000th strikeout victim of both Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan. "I was just in the right place at the right time," he joked.

See also Players from Dominican Republic in MLB

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