Bárbaro Cañizares

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Bárbaro Cañizares
MG 4741 Barbaro Canizares.jpg
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 95
First baseman
Born: (1979-11-21) November 21, 1979 (age 35)
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: June 11, 2009 for the Atlanta Braves
NPB: June 12, 2014 for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
MLB statistics
(through 2009)
Batting average .190
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 0
Bárbaro Cañizares
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  Cuba
Intercontinental Cup
Gold medal – first place 2002 Havana Team

Bárbaro Rafael Cañizares [cah-nyee-that'-ress] (born November 21, 1979 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban first baseman that plays for the Guerreros de Oaxaca in the Mexican League. He is 6'3" and weighs 230 lbs. He bats and throws right-handed.

Career in Cuba[edit]

He played for Industriales of the Cuban National Series for eight seasons, having played 520 games hitting 537 hits in 1775 at bats. He had 38 home runs and 294 runs batted in with an average of .303. He guided his team together with MLB player Kendrys Morales to the postseason in 2005.

Career in Minor Leagues[edit]

Cañizares sold his jersey to a fan after a game. Unbeknownst to Cañizares, the fan was a member of the United States Interests Section in Havana. As a result, Cañizares received a lifetime suspension from Cuban baseball.[1]

Cañizares defected from Cuba in February 2004, with Michel Abreu and Yosandy Ibañez. The three played baseball together in Nicaragua.[1] He signed with the Atlanta Braves on February 4, 2006.

Major Leagues[edit]

Cañizares was called up to the Atlanta Braves on June 11, 2009, making his major league debut the same day batting fourth and playing first base.[2]

Mexican League[edit]

After the 2010 season, he was released by the Braves and was signed by the Guerreros de Oaxaca prior the 2011 season. In his first season, he was the batting champion after batting .396.

Independent League[edit]

After finishing the 2012 season with the Guerreros de Oaxaca, Cañizares was signed by the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association on Aug. 21, 2012.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Baxter, Kevin (December 12, 2005). "Defector just looking for a chance: Cuban Bárbaro Cañizares, who is playing in Nicaragua, wants the opportunity to show he can play in the major leagues". Miami Herald. p. 3D. Retrieved April 12, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Bowman, Mark (2009-06-11). "Cañizares debuts with Norton on DL". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Goldeyes pick up Canizares from Mexican league". Winnipeg Free Press. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 

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