Domingo Michel

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Domingo Michel

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Domingo Michel is the half-brother of Pedro Guerrero. He played 16 seasons in pro baseball.

Michel debuted with the 1984 GCL Dodgers, hitting .261/,355/.320; he fielded just .911 at his main position, second base. In '85, Domingo returned to the same club and moved to first base. He batted .350/~.420/.512. Had he qualified, he would have led the Gulf Coast League in slugging and tied for the best average. He was also 19 for 57 for the Great Falls Dodgers. With the 1986 Vero Beach Dodgers, the 21-year-old continued to show a fine bat, hitting .300/~.375/.420 and stole 22 bases. He did not show much power, though, for a 1B-OF, with only 3 long balls. He just missed the Florida State League's top 10 in average.

Domingo moved up to the San Antonio Dodgers in 1987 and hit .314/~.394/.479 with 10 home runs. He was 10th in the Texas League in average, leading San Antonio. He joined Mike Devereaux and Alonso Tellez as San Antonio's starting outfielders. Michel split 1988 between San Antonio (.330/.412/.466 in 94 G) and the Albuquerque Dukes (3 for 8, HR, 4 RBI). He was third in the Texas League in average, trailing Jim McCollom and Mario Monico and was named to the league All-Star team as a utility man.

That winter, Domingo tore up the Dominican League. Playing for the Licey Tigers, he hit .310/~.385/.535 and won the Triple Crown (9 HR, 36 RBI). He won the MVP award and holds the distinction as the only Dominican League MVP from 1980-2007 who never played in the major leagues. Michel opened 1989 pretty well with Albuquerque (.311/.390/.475 in 78 G). LA then dealt him with Steve Green to the Detroit Tigers for Billy Bean. Assigned to the Toledo Mud Hens, he hit the skids after the trade, batting just .224/~.331/.287 in 47 games.

Winter ball proved a refuge, as Michel again starred for Licey, hitting .318/~.434/.404 with 31 walks in 45 games. He was 5th in average, right behind Felix Jose, and possibly led in walks. While he fared much better in his a full year at Toledo (.269/.363/.401), it was not enough offense for a 1B/OF for him to get called up. Also, his glovework needed work (.913 fielding in the outfield, .971 at first base).

The San Pedro de Macoris native split 1991 between the London Tigers (.269/.432/.352, 43 BB in 49 G) and the Saraperos de Saltillo (.310/.436/.452 in 36 G). He fell to .248 in the 1991-1992 Dominican League. In 1992, he batted .255/.405/.427 for two Mexican League squads, with 72 walks in 89 games. His winter woes continuing, he was just at .217 for the Azucareros in the 1992-1993 Dominican League. His whereabouts for 1993 are unclear. In 1994, he batted .288/.416/.472 in 23 games for the Monclova Steelers.

Domingo split 1995 between the President Lions of Taiwan (.274/.338/.371 in 18 G) and the Campeche Pirates of Mexico (.323/.497/.598 in 44 G). In '96, the veteran outfielder hit .280/.406/.491 for Campeche with 1 steals in 20 tries and a career-high 17 homers. He hit .327/.495/.446 for Campeche in 1997, leading the Mexican League with 94 walks - in 107 games. He batted .268 in the 1997-1998 Dominican League.

In '98, Michel hit .278/.416/.486 with another 94 walks in Mexican League play, but he did not pace the circuit in bases-on-balls this time. He split 1999 between two Mexican League clubs (.231/.360/.327 in 33 G) and the Rio Grande Valley White Wings (.305, .570 SLG), his first US team in eight years.

Michel retired at the end of 1999. He had hit .287/.424/.452 in 557 games in Mexico, .274/.338/.371 in 18 in Taiwan and .299/?/.440 in 752 in the US minors.

In 2010-2014, Michel was hitting coach for the DSL White Sox.