January 19, 1975 |
Bocas Del Toro, Panama
|September 5, 1998 for the Montreal Expos|
|Last professional appearance|
|September 28, 2003 for the New York Yankees|
|Runs batted in||40|
Fernando Alfredo Seguignol (born January 19, 1975 in Bocas Del Toro, Panama) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder. In 2010 he played for the Orix Buffaloes in the Japanese Pacific League, where he had previously played in 2002, After playing for the Newark Bears. He has also played in Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the same league. Seguignol is a switch hitter.
Seguignol was signed as an amateur free agent in 1993 by the New York Yankees at the age of 18. He spent several years in the minors before making his major league debut in 1998 with the Montreal Expos after being traded by the Yankees on April 5, 1995 along with cash, for John Wetteland. He played a career high 76 games in 2000 with the Expos, hitting .278 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI playing in the outfield. He was released by the Expos in 2001, and signed with the Orix BlueWave of the Japanese Pacific League in 2002. He made appearances as a first baseman and designated hitter with the BlueWave, and hit home runs from both sides of the plate two games in a row, from June 5 to June 6 (first player in Japanese baseball history). However, he was inconsistent overall, ending the season with a .204 batting average. He was released at the end of the season, and returned to the major leagues after signing with the New York Yankees.
He spent most of 2003 with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers, and led the league in home runs and RBI (he played in 5 major league games that year with the Yankees). He was scouted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, and traveled to Japan for the second time in 2004. He hit well over .400 in his first month, and ended the year hitting .306 with 44 home runs and 108 RBI, tying Nobuhiko Matsunaka for the most home runs in the league to win the Best Nine Award at designated hitter. He remained with the Fighters until 2008, and had continued success, leading the league in doubles in 2006 to win a second Best Nine Award. He is regarded as the best switch-hitter ever to play in Japan, along with Orestes Destrade. The coach who recommended Seguignol try switch-hitting was former Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman, who managed Seguignol in the Yankees minor league organization.
Seguignol currently holds the Japanese season record for home runs among switch-hitters (44), and has homered from both sides of the plate in 8 games in Japan (the Japanese all-time record). He has also homered against 13 different Japanese teams; the only other player to have done this is Julio Zuleta.
In 2008, he played for Olmecas de Tabasco in Liga Mexicana de Beisbol before signing with the Detroit Tigers on June 12, 2008; he was released by the Tigers on July 21. But about a week after his release, he was acquired by the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. He hit 13 home runs in 39 games (157 at-bats), with a .324 batting average and 40 RBI in that season. He was chosen on the 1st round roster for Panama team playing in 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Seguignol is married and has two children, Kendall and Jabarri. He lives in Wellington, Florida.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from Japanesebaseball.com