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Cesar Cedeno Encarnacion

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.

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Cesar Cedeno, who came up to the majors at age 19, was a big star early in his career, hitting over .310 in three of his first four years for the Houston Astros. He also showed some power, slugging over 20 homers three times while playing home games in the notoriously pitcher-friendly Astrodome. He hit his first career grand slam there on September 2nd, 1971 off Claude Osteen of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Likened to Willie Mays early in his career, Cedeno put up solid numbers throughout his career but struggled to live up to expectations. He was eventually traded to the Cincinnati Reds (where he was managed by Pete Rose) and was later sent to the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1985 pennant race. He hit .434 in 28 games for the Cards as the club eventually reached the World Series.

Cedeno was a five-tool player, and combined good average, speed, stolen bases, a decent number of walks, outstanding defense and a strong arm to be a consistently dangerous player. He won 5 Gold Gloves, appeared in the All-Star Game 4 times, led the league in doubles twice, and stole 500 bases. Through age 29, the most similar player to Cedeno was Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, but Cedeno couldn't keep playing as long as Yaz could.

In 1989, Cedeno played for the Gold Coast Suns of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .331 in 38 games for the club. The next year, he played for the Daytona Beach Explorers and batted .274 in 17 games before the league folded. He was later a coach for the Quad City River Bandits in 1993-1994 and Greeneville Astros in 2012-2014.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 4-time NL All-Star (1972-1974 & 1976)
  • 5-time NL Gold Glove Winner (1972-1976)
  • 2-time NL Doubles Leader (1971 & 1972)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1972-1974)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1974)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1972)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 6 (1972-1977)

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