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Freddy Eladio Herrera Cheng
- Bats Right, Throws Right
Herrera played for Panama in the 1999 Pan American Games; his 2-run homer provided all of the team's offense in their loss to Team USA. In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, he hit .387/.441/.710 with 7 doubles; he had a better OPS than All-Star outfielders Mark Budzinski and Yoshinobu Takahashi as Chin-Feng Chen was the only All-Star flyhawk with a better OPS. He led the Cup in doubles.
In the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, Freddy batted .324/.398/.459 as Panama's center fielder (former major league center fielder Roberto Kelly moved to right). Panama won Bronze but was stripped of the Medal when Kelly, Roberto Gutierrez, Earl Agnoly and Jorge Cortez tested positive for banned substances.
During the 2005 Baseball World Cup, Herrera's batting line was .389/.476/.639 with 10 runs and 10 RBI in 11 games. Panama won Bronze and he was their lone player chosen for the All-Tournament team, joining Tiago Magalhães and Danny Rombley in the outfield. Hitting cleanup in the Bronze Medal game, he was 0 for 3 with a walk and a run in the win over the host Dutch national team.
The veteran was 1 for 7 with two walks in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and 3 for 17 in the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the 2006 COPABE qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics, he hit .219/.286/.344. In the 2007 Pan American Games, he went 3 for 11 with 2 walks and 3 runs. Herrera was 3 for 9 with a triple and walk in the 2007 Baseball World Cup.
In the 2008 Americas Baseball Cup, the 34-year-old hit .160/.300/.160.