Richard Jose Hidalgo
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Guarenas High School
- Debut September 1, 1997
- Final Game August 4, 2005
- Born June 28, 1975 in Caracas, Venezuela
Although Richard Hidalgo's 2001 season was not nearly as good as his 2000 campaign, he still started 2001 6 for 12 at the plate with three home runs, a triple, a double, four runs scored, ten runs batted in and a 1.500 slugging percentage.
Again showing off his power with the New York Mets in 2004, Hidalgo hit eight home runs in his first 16 games with the team, including five home runs against the New York Yankees. He set the Mets record by homering in five straight games from July 1 to July 5 - and he had not even been a Met for three weeks.
The Houston Astros, fearful of losing him, protected Richard over a lesser regarded young outfielder in advance of the 1997 expansion draft. That other outfielder ended up being Bobby Abreu, who ended up in Philadelphia (by way of Tampa Bay) and whose career ended up eclipsing Richard's.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (2000, 2003 & 2004)
- 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2000)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2000)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2000)