Rafael Belliard

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Rafael Leonidas Belliard Matías

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 150 lb.

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Rafael Belliard was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates and scout Pablo Cruz. He is a distant cousin of Ron Belliard and is therefore related to Diógenes Belliard.

Belliard had played on the Dominican national team that won the Silver Medal at the 1979 Pan American Games, hitting .375. In 1988, Belliard set the record for most at-bats without a double, 286, though he managed 4 triples that year. The previous record-holder was Choo Choo Coleman with 247. Just prior to a Pirate spring training game in 1990, the diminutive Belliard, wearing a baggy uniform was mistaken by an autograph-seeking fan for a bat-boy, and was asked when the players would be back out on the field.

According to Bill James's Win Shares, Belliard is the worst player to play in at least 1000 games. He only had 36 win shares, and all the other 1300+ position players who played that many games all had at least 44.

Despite playing in 21 World Series games throughout his career, Belliard never crossed home plate with a World Series run. He went hitless in 16 at-bats when the Atlanta Braves won the 1995 World Series.

After his playing career ended, he was a minor league infield coach with the Atlanta Braves (2000-2005). He was named a coach for the Detroit Tigers for the 2006 season where he remained through 2013.

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