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Olmedo Sáenz Sanchez

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.

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Olmedo Sáenz, who has played nine seasons in the major leagues through 2007, was in the Chicago White Sox organization from 1991-98 (signed initially by scout Miguel Ibarra), and came up only once to the majors with the White Sox, in 1994 for 5 games. He was a fixture in their minor league organization, playing at the Triple A level from 1994-98, with a peak in 1998 when he hit .313/.394/.562 at Calgary.

When he signed with the Oakland Athletics as a free agent after the 1998 season, however, he largely left the minors behind, and became a role player for the Athletics and then for the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing first base, third base, and DH.

He is one of two major leaguers born in 1970 in Panama; the other one is Sherman Obando.

In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, Sáenz hit .410/.462/.487 to help Panama win its first Silver Medal ever in a Baseball World Cup. He tied teammate Audes de Leon for the tourney lead with 16 hits. He was 5th in average behind Jamel Boutagra, Brent Sachs, Michel Enriquez and Bryan Ward. He failed to make the tournament All-Star team as Sharnol Adriana of the Netherlands was picked as the top first baseman.

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