Juan Miranda

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Juan Miranda
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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters – No. 46
First baseman
Born: (1983-04-25) April 25, 1983 (age 31)
Consolación del Sur, Cuba
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 18, 2008 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2011 season)
Batting average .226
Home runs 11
Runs batted in 37
Teams

Juan Miguel Miranda (born April 25, 1983, in Consolación del Sur, Cuba) is a Cuban professional baseball first baseman who plays for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Baseball career[edit]

Cuba[edit]

The 5-foot-11 Miranda batted .303 with 27 homers for Pinar Del Rio in Cuba's Serie Nacional from 2002 to 2004.[1] Miranda was on the 2001 Cuban national team.

He defected to the Dominican Republic in early 2004, on his seventh attempt.[2] He established residency in 2005, and was granted citizenship there in 2006.

Major League Baseball[edit]

He signed a four-year contract with the New York Yankees worth $2 million on December 12, 2006.[3][4] He played the 2007 season with the Yankees Single-A affiliate, the Tampa Yankees, and Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder. He played the 2008 season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

On September 16, 2008, Miranda was called up to the New York Yankees for the first time in his career.[5] He made his major league debut on September 18, 2008. His first major league plate appearance resulted in a walk. He was called up again briefly in April 2009, replacing David Robertson.

He recorded a walk-off game-winning single against the Kansas City Royals on September 29, 2009. He hit his first Major League home run on October 2, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Miranda was again called up to the Yankees in 2010, with an injury to Nick Johnson providing Miranda with his first opportunity to receive extended major league action.[2]

On November 18, 2010, Miranda was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Scott Allen.[6] In July 2011, he was outrighted to the Triple-A Reno Aces.[7]

On December 6, 2011, Miranda signed a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training, with the Tampa Bay Rays. On June 9, 2012, Miranda was released while playing for the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

In 2013, he played for the Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican League.[8]

He signed a 2014 contract to play for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball on October 29, 2013. [9]

Personal life[edit]

Juan has a son named Edgar Miguel Miranda who was born January 25, 2007. He loves music, especially salsa and hip-hop.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, George. "JUAN MORE YANK". NY Post. Archived from the original on March 23, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Jennings, Chad (May 30, 2010). "Baseball Beat: Miranda's long trip ends with Yankees". The Journal News. Retrieved May 31, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Outfielder-first baseman signs with Yankees". ESPN. Retrieved September 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Yankees sign Cuban prospect". MLB.com. Retrieved September 18, 2008. 
  5. ^ Jennings, Chad (September 16, 2008). "Miranda called up". The Times-Tribune. Retrieved September 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ "D-backs land Miranda from Yankees | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  7. ^ http://www.rgj.com/article/20110715/SPORTS03/107150405/D-backs-call-up-Allen-Pe-designated-assignment?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CSports%7Cs
  8. ^ "Diablos Rojos se lleva la serie ante Vaqueros Laguna - Terra México". Deportes.terra.com.mx. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  9. ^ http://www.ultimasnoticias.com.do/nippon-ham-oficializa-firma-del-toletero-cubano-juan-miranda/#.Uv0hMkJdW7M

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