Callaspo with the Oakland Athletics
|Oakland Athletics – No. 7|
April 19, 1983 |
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Right|
|August 6, 2006 for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||354|
Alberto José Callaspo (//, Spanish: [alˈβerto xoˈse kaˈʎaspo]; born April 19, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels
Callaspo was originally signed by the then-Anaheim Angels in 2001, playing for the Aguilas Cibaeñas of Dominican Summer League. In 2002, Callaspo batted .338 with 16 doubles, 10 triples, three home runs and 60 RBI in 70 games with the rookie-level Provo Angels, where he was voted by Baseball America as a Pioneer League All-Star and was named to Pioneer League All-Star team.
In 2003, Callaspo led the Midwest League with a .327 average and 38 doubles with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Callaspo spent 2004 with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, where he was selected for the Texas League All-Star game. Callaspo split 2005 with the Travelers and Triple-A Salt Lake Stingers. He again made the Texas League All-Star Game and was named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team.
On February 28, 2006, the Angels traded Callaspo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Jason Bulger. He began 2006 with the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders. He was named the Diamondbacks' Minor League Player of the Year. Callaspo was called up to the Diamondbacks. He also split the 2007 season between Arizona and Tucson.
Kansas City Royals
In 2009 Callaspo tied for the major league lead in errors by a second baseman, with 17, and had the lowest fielding percentage of any starting second baseman (.973).
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
On January 16, 2012, Callaspo signed a one-year deal with the Angels worth $3.15 million, thus avoiding arbitration. On February 5, 2013, the Angels finalized a two-year deal with Callaspo worth $8.975 million.
Callaspo was arrested at his home on Thursday, May 10, 2007 by Phoenix police for domestic violence, but the charges against him were later dropped. He was placed on the restricted list without pay the day after the arrest, but the MLBPA filed a grievance on his behalf and he was reinstated within a week. Callaspo and his wife, Marianny Paola, remain together with their one child.
- MLB Player Fielding Stats - As 2b - 2009, ESPN, accessed October 6, 2009
- "Angels avoid arb. with Alberto Callaspo". NBCSports.com. January 16, 2012.
- Gonzalez, Alden (February 5, 2013). "Angels finalize two-year deal with Callaspo". MLB.com. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- "A's acquire Angels INF Alberto Callaspo in exchange for INF Grant Green". Oakland A's. July 30, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
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