Francisco Cabrera Paulino
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 193 lb.
- Debut July 24, 1989
- Final Game September 24, 1993
- Born October 10, 1966 in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, D.R.
Francisco Cabrera only played briefly in the majors, but his postseason heroics are memorable for many Atlanta Braves fans.
Originally signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays and scout Epy Guerrero on September 17, 1985, Cabrera reached the majors with the Jays in July 1989. Exactly a month later, after appearing in 3 games for Toronto, he was dealt to the Braves.
Cabrera spent each of the next three seasons splitting time between Atlanta and the AAA Richmond Braves. After appearing in just a dozen games for Atlanta in 1992, he was added to the team's postseason roster for his ability to catch, play first base, and pinch hit. On October 14th of that year, in Game 7 of the NCLS against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he had a single at-bat that would long be remembered by Braves fans. Pinch-hitting against Stan Belinda, he hit a single through the left side of the infield. Sid Bream, one of the slowest men in baseball, scored from second base on the hit, sending the Braves to a 3-2 win and their second World Series in a row. President George H. W. Bush congratulated the team on their composure in the face of adversity, stating, "The game isn't over until Cabrera swings."
Cabrera was with Atlanta for the entire 1993 season but got only 83 at-bats. He once again excelled in the postseason, however, going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. That would prove to be his final big league appearance, as he spent 1994 with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan, followed by several more years in the minors and independent leagues.