José Tábata

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José Tábata
José Tábata on June 14, 2012.jpg
Tabata with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 31
Born: (1988-08-12) August 12, 1988 (age 26)
Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 9, 2010 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
(through May 20, 2015)
Batting average .276
Hits 429
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 124

José Nicolas Tábata (born August 12, 1988) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was an international signee (2005) of the New York Yankees and, by 2008, became the Yankees' No. 2 prospect. That same year, Tábata was traded to the Pirates and made his MLB debut in June 2010.

Baseball career[edit]

Yankees system[edit]

At the age of 17, and in his first year of professional ball, Tábata led the Yankees farm system in batting average when he hit .314 for the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2005.

In 2006, Tábata batted .298 for the Low A Charleston RiverDogs. The same year, he was selected to participate in the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game as a member of the World Team, which consisted of 25 highly touted prospects from across the globe. In the game, which was part of the festivities for the 2006 All-Star Game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he played center field while going 1-for-3 with a single off fellow Yankees prospect Phil Hughes.

In 2007, Tábata played for the Single-A Tampa Yankees.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On July 26, 2008, Tábata was acquired by the Pirates with Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutchen from the Yankees in exchange for Xavier Nady and Dámaso Marte.[1]

Tábata was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his major league debut on June 9, 2010. He subsequently singled for his first major league hit in his first at bat.[2] In the top of the fourth, with Neil Walker at bat, Tábata collected the first stolen base of his career. He then tallied his first run of his career, on a single from Walker on the next pitch.

In 2010, he batted .299, and led National League left fielders in range factor/game (2.09). He tied for 8th in the voting for NL Rookie of the Year, behind Ike Davis of the New York Mets.[3]

On August 21, 2011, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced a contract extension for Tabata through 2019. Tabata signed with the Pirates through 2016 for $14.75 million guaranteed, with a $250,000 buyout, and an additional three club option years for 2017–2019.[4] July 2, 2012, Tabata was sent down to play minor league baseball for the Indianapolis Indians. Tabata was recalled on August 19, 2012, when Starling Marté was placed on the Disabled list.[5] Tabata started the 2013 season off well. On May 25, 2013, Tabata was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Tabata was batting .272, with 2 homers, 6 RBI'S, and a .744 OPS in just 36 games with the pirates. Tabata's .744 OPS was just two points off of his career high OPS which is .746. Based on the standard recovery timetable for oblique strains he figures to miss the minimum of 15 days. Jose finished up the 2013 season with 6 homers, a career best.

Tábata was outrighted off the Pirates roster on June 24, 2014.[6] He was re-added to the roster on August 25, 2014. He was designated for assignment on October 3, 2014.[7] He was called back up by the Pirates on May 19, 2015.


On March 23, 2009, Tábata's wife, Amalia Tábata Pereira, who is 23 years his senior, was arrested and charged with abduction after allegedly kidnapping a 2-month-old girl in Florida by posing as an immigration officer; the baby was found unharmed in a shopping center later the same day.[8] Tabata told the media that Pereira, whom he married in January 2008, had told him that she had given birth and that the baby was his.[9] They divorced in early 2010. Tabata remarried in early 2011 to Auromar and the couple have a daughter, Barbara.[10]


  1. ^ Hoch, Bryan (July 26, 2008). "Yanks complete deal for Nady, Marte". Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ Jeff Seidel. "Tabata singles in first big league at-bat | News". Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 16, 2010). "Sanchez falls short in NL Rookie of Year bid". Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Karen Price (August 22, 2011). "Pirates finalize extension with Tabata". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pirates place Marte on DL with oblique strain
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates Decide to Demote Jose Tabata After Activating Neil Walker". 
  7. ^ Singer, Tom (October 3, 2014). "Pirates acquire pitcher Guilmet from Orioles". Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Abducted Baby's Father: Why Us?". The Tampa Tribune. March 26, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ Wife Claimed Pregnancy, Showed Off Baby ESPN, March 27, 2009
  10. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (September 18, 2011). "Tabata facing his challenges with help from Silverio". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 

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