Alberto Callaspo

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Alberto Callaspo
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Callaspo with the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics – No. 7
Utility player
Born: (1983-04-19) April 19, 1983 (age 31)
Maracay, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 6, 2006 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .267
Home runs 51
Runs batted in 354

Alberto José Callaspo (/kˈæsp/, 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[edit]

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.

Callaspo batting for the Kansas City Royals in 2009

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.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

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[edit]

On December 14, 2007, the Diamondbacks traded Callaspo to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitcher Billy Buckner. He split the 2008 season between the big-league club and Triple-A Omaha 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).[1]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On July 22, 2010, Callaspo was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Will Smith.

Callaspo playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011

On January 16, 2012, Callaspo signed a one-year deal with the Angels worth $3.15 million, thus avoiding arbitration.[2] On February 5, 2013, the Angels finalized a two-year deal with Callaspo worth $8.975 million.[3]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On July 30, 2013 he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Grant Green.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

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,[6] but the MLBPA filed a grievance on his behalf[7] and he was reinstated within a week. Callaspo and his wife, Marianny Paola, remain together with their one child.


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