Jonathan Wladimir Sivira Cordero
first name also listed as Yonathan; last name also listed as Civira
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 165 lb.
Outfielder Jonathan Sivira spent five seasons in the minor leagues.
Sivira debuted as a pro with the 2002 VSL Cardinals, hitting .244 in 40 games. In 2003, he batted .310 and stole 16 bases in 56 games for the DSL Cardinals. His 6 triples were one behind league leader Hernan Iribarren.
Sivira came stateside with the 2004 Johnson City Cardinals, producing at a .292/.329/.453 rate. In 2005, he hit .253/.310/.342 with the New Jersey Cardinals. He split 2006 between the Swing of the Quad Cities (2 for 10, BB) and the State College Spikes (.214/.260/.289). With his production declining for three straight seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals let him go.
Sivira played for the Venezuelan national team in the 2008 Americas Baseball Cup, hitting .334/.353/.545. He scored a team-high 7 runs in 8 games, was third on Venezuela in average and second to Luis Landaeta in slugging. He tied for 6th in the event in runs and tied Carlos Valencia for 5th with 18 total bases. Venezuela won a spot in the 2009 Baseball World Cup and Sivira remained with them for that event. He hit .244/.286/.267 with five runs and five RBI in 13 games, fielding .926.
Sivira helped Venezuela take home the Gold at the 2010 South American Games. He played a big role in Venezuela's 2-1 win over Panama in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games; down 1-0 in the 9th, he scored the tying run off Gilberto Méndez. Then in the 10th, he singled home Tomás Pérez with the winner. He hit .231/.318/.256 with four runs and four RBI in 10 games in the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament, his third international event of the year, fielding .973 in CF.
He played in two major international tourneys in 2011 and did very well in both. In the 2011 Baseball World Cup, he hit .417/.447/.500 with six RBI and handled 24 chances error-free in CF for Venezuela (23 PO, 1 A). For the tournament leaders (which excluded the final day of competition), his .419 average was 9th between Joe Thurston and Bryan Engelhardt. In the 2011 Pan American Games, he went 10 for 15 with a walk, double and run, fielding .889. He tied Brett Carroll for second in hits (one behind José Abreu) and led in average (.111 ahead of Carroll).
Sivira helped Venezuela to a Silver Medal in the 2013 Bolivarian Games, hitting .308/.438/.385 with 7 runs in 7 games and error-free glovework in center. In the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, the Venezuelan national team veteran produced at a .278/.316/.333 clip and had one assist and eight putouts as their starter once again in center.
- 2004 Baseball Almanac
- 2008 Americas Baseball Cup Final Report
- 2009 Baseball World Cup Final Report
- 2010 Central American Games site
- 2011 Baseball World Cup Final Report
- 2011 Pan American Games website
- 2013 Bolivarian Games website
- 2014 Central American Games website
- Defunct COPABE site