January 26, 1943|
Coro , Falcón State, , Venezuela
|Died: January 22, 2005
Cabimas, Zulia State, Venezuela
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 16, 1967 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1971 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Career highlights and awards|
César Dario Gutiérrez [goo-te-ER-rez] (January 26, 1943 – January 22, 2005), also nicknamed "Cocoa", was a Venezuelan professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a shortstop for the San Francisco Giants (1967, 1969) and Detroit Tigers (1969–1971).
Gutiérrez was born in Coro, Falcón State. He was contracted by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1960. After the Pirates released him in 1962, he was signed by the San Francisco Giants before the 1963 season. He played in only 18 games for the Giants in 1967, and 15 games in 1969, before being traded to the Detroit Tigers.
Gutiérrez's most productive season came in 1970, when he won the job of the Tigers regular shortstop. In his only season as a regular, Gutiérrez posted 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, the third highest total in the league.
On June 21, 1970 in the second game of a doubleheader between Detroit and the Cleveland Indians, Gutiérrez had seven hits in seven at bats including a double , to set an American League mark (and tie a major league record) for hits in a game without making an out. The Tigers won 9–8 in twelve innings. Gutiérrez's batting average went up 31 points that day, from .218 to .249.
In 1971, Gutiérrez lost his regular shortstop position to Ed Brinkman, who had been acquired in a blockbuster six-player trade with Washington in the off-season. He played 40 games as an utility player, 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, Gutiérrez was then released and picked up by San Diego, who assigned him to their Triple-A team in Hawaii. Gutiérrez played the rest of the 1972 season in Hawaii, and retired at the end of the year.
In a four-year career, Gutiérrez played in 223 games, accumulating 128 hits in 545 at bats for a .235 career batting average along with 0 home runs and 26 runs batted in. He ended his career with a .953 fielding percentage. He later became a manager in the Mexican League, and served as a coach and scout with several teams.
- César Gutiérrez at Baseball Reference
- César Gutiérrez Trades and Transactions at Baseball Almanac
- 1970 American League Fielding Leaders at Baseball Reference
- June 21, 1970 Tigers-Indians box score at Baseball Reference
- César Gutiérrez 1970 Batting Log at Baseball Reference
- César Gutiérrez minor league managing record at Baseball Reference
- Baseball Digest, April 2006, Vol. 65, No. 2, ISSN 0005-609X