César Gutiérrez

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César Gutiérrez
Shortstop
Born: (1943-01-26)January 26, 1943
Santa Ana de Coro, Falcón, Venezuela
Died: January 22, 2005(2005-01-22) (aged 61)
Cabimas, Zulia, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1967 for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1971 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average .235
Hits 128
Sacrifice hits 19
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • First Major League player to hit 7-for-7 in a single game without making an out (1970)

César Dario Gutiérrez [goo-te-er'-rez] (January 26, 1943 – January 22, 2005), also nicknamed ′′Cocoa′′, was a Venezuelan shortstop in Major League Baseball who played with the San Francisco Giants in the 1967 and 1969 seasons, and for the Detroit Tigers from 1969 to 1971. Listed at 5' 9", Weight 155 lb., he batted and threw right handed.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Coro, Falcón, Gutiérrez was signed the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1960.[2] He was released in 1962, then was signed by the Giants before the 1963 season.[2]

Gutiérrez hit a combined .182 average in just 33 games for the Giants in parts of two seasons, before being traded to Detroit during the 1969 midseason.[2]

His most productive season came in 1970 with the Tigers, when he became the everyday shortstop for the team, while posting career-highs in batting average (.243), RBI (22), runs (40), hits (101), doubles (11), triples (6), stolen bases (4) and games played (135), although he committed 23 errors for the third highest total in the league.[1][3]

On June 21, 1970 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians, Gutiérrez collected seven hits in seven at bats including a double,[4] to become the first player in Major League history to record seven hits in a game without making an out.[5] The Tigers won 9–8 in twelve innings, as his batting average went up 31 points that day, from .218 to .249.[6]

Nevertheless, in 1971 Gutiérrez lost his regular shortstop position to Ed Brinkman, who had been acquired in a blockbuster six-player trade with the Washington Senators in the off-season. He played 40 games as an utility infielder for Washington, batting only .189.

Gutiérrez was sold to the Montreal Expos prior to the start of the next season, where he was assigned to their Triple-A franchise. After playing only 12 games there, was then released and picked up by the San Diego Padres, who assigned him to their Triple-A Hawaii Islanders affiliate club. Gutiérrez played the rest of the 1972 season in Hawaii, and retired at the end of the year.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

In a four-year career, Gutiérrez played in 223 games, accumulating 128 hits in 545 at bats for a .235 career batting average and 26 runs batted in without home runs.[1] He ended his career with a .953 fielding percentage.[1]

In between, Gutiérrez played winter baseball in the Venezuelan League from 1961 to 1976. He later became a manager in the Mexican League, and served as a coach and scout with several teams.[7]

Gutiérrez died in Cabimas, Zulia State, Venezuela, four days short of his 62nd birthday.[8]

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