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Henry A. Roa Miranda frequently listed as Jenry or Jenrry

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 195 lb.

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Henry Roa spent over a decade on the Nicaraguan national team, frequently starring on the international stage. An Olympic performer, he never played professionally in the minor leagues.

Roa hit .349/.420/.558 with 11 runs in 12 games as a 21-year-old third baseman in the 1991 Intercontinental Cup. He tied Wei-Cheng Chen for 4th in the event with 15 hits. He was 1 for 5 with a walk and a run from the #2 slot in the marathon 14-inning 4-3 Bronze Medal game win over Taiwan.

In 1993, Roa had 150 hits in the Nicaraguan Amateur League, second all-time behind David Green (through 2008). His 31 doubles that year tied the record and have not been surpassed.

In the 1993 Intercontinental Cup, Roa batted .364/.378/.568 with 12 RBI in 11 games. During the 1994 Baseball World Cup, Henry hit .351/.385/.568. He was 0 for 3 with a walk in the Bronze Medal game loss to Japan.

Roa "slumped" to .273/.292/.500 in the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, moving to DH from his usual third base. In the 1996 Olympics, the León native produced at a .382/.432/.500 rate with 9 runs in 9 games and a .923 fielding percentage at third. He led Nicaragua in OPS.

The 27-year-old veteran batted .375/.423/.417 in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup, leading Nicaragua in average and OBP. In the 1998 Baseball World Cup, he was better yet, with a batting line of .442/.478/.558 with 12 runs and 13 RBI in 10 games. He was 3 for 5 in their Bronze Medal game win over Italy. He tied teammate Edgard López and Robelquis Videaux for the tournament lead with 19 hits. He didn't make the All-Star team as the legendary duo of Omar Linares (3B) and Orestes Kindelan (DH) was picked at his two positions.

In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, Henry hit .462/.500/.538; he finished second in average in the Cup behind Luis Ulacia, beating out a slew of future and former major leaguers such as Orlando Hudson, Chin-Feng Chen, Tadahito Iguchi, Ralph Milliard, Aaron Guiel, Jason Bay and Justin Morneau. He was left off the All-Star team as Chuan-Chia Wang was picked at DH.

Roa had one of his worst international performances in the 2003 Baseball World Cup, when he batted a mortal .270/.289/.324 for Nicaragua; at least he played error-free ball at third base.

He was back to the limelight by the 2005 Baseball World Cup, when the old-timer banged out a .467/.487/.543 line with 12 RBI in 10 games. He was second in average for the second time in a World Cup, trailing Michel Enriquez. His 16 hits were second to Enriquez and he was 6th in RBI. He lost out All-Star honors to Canada's Joey Votto, a future big league starter.

The fading veteran was 2 for 20 with two doubles and two walks in the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games. He only batted .222/.263/.278 in the 2006 COPABE qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics. He was 1 for 8 with a run and a RBI in the 2007 Pan American Games as his club won a Bronze, yet another Medal for his long international career.

Roa retired from Nicaraguan league play at the end of 2007.

From 1991-2006, Roa was third among players in hits in Intercontinental Cup play (46, behind Jose Estrada and Omar Linares). From 1988-2005, his 70 hits in Baseball World Cup play were 4th behind three Cubans - Kindelan, Antonio Pacheco and Linares.

Through 2007, Roa ranked third all-time in the Nicaraguan Amateur League with a .339 average and third with 269 doubles. He was 5th with 1,586 hits. His 112 homers placed him 21st.

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