May 8, 1962 |
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
|Batted: Switch||Threw: Right|
|September 11, 1987 for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 24, 1994 for the Florida Marlins|
|Runs batted in||106|
|Career highlights and awards|
Destrade was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, but emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of six. During his youth, he played Khoury League at Flagami Park (Today's Brother's to the Rescue Park) in Miami. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami. He later attended Florida College.
Professional baseball career
After college, he played many seasons in the minor leagues before his career at the major league level: Called up in September 1987 with the New York Yankees, called up 1988 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and 1993 and 1994 for the Florida Marlins, this was also the first year the marlins came into the MLB. He also played 5 seasons (1989–1992 and 1995) for the Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League, where he led the league in home runs for three consecutive years. Randy Johnson struck out Destrade for Johnson's first major league strikeout. He's now a broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Destrade appeared on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. He provided color commentary for the 2006 World Baseball Classic and broadcast again with the 2009 World Baseball Classic for ESPN. He helped broadcast the 2007, 2008 & 2009 Little League World Series. Until April 2007 he was co-host of XM Radio's Baseball This Morning show on MLB Home Plate, XM channel 175, along with Buck Martinez and Mark Patrick. Destrade also worked as an on-field reporter during the Tampa Bay Rays' 2010 postseason celebration after clinching a playoff spot. As of May 2011, he is a contributor to Rays radio and TV broadcasts as an analyst. He co-hosts the program Rays Live which airs as the pre and post-game analysis. Destrade is notable for clutching a baseball during his broadcasts - including radio broadcasts.
Orestes is married and is the father of 4 children: Danielle, Devin, Armando, and Isabella.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube