Rafael Robles

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Rafael Robles
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1971 Topps baseball card #408
Born: (1947-10-20)October 20, 1947
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Died: August 13, 1998(1998-08-13) (aged 50)
New York, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1969 for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
June 10, 1972 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
Batting average .188
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 3
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Robles and the second or maternal family name is Natera.

Rafael Orlando Robles Natera (October 20, 1947 – August 13, 1998) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. He was born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. He was signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent before the 1967 season, and later drafted by the San Diego Padres from the San Francisco Giants as the 51st pick in the 1968 Major League Baseball expansion draft. He played for the San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1970, and again in 1972.

Robles was the first player to come to bat in San Diego Padres history. On April 8, 1969, he led off the bottom of the 1st against right-hander Don Wilson of the Houston Astros. He reached base on an error by Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, then stole second base, but did not score.

He was at best an average fielding shortstop (.958) and a below-average hitter (.188) during his brief major league career. (47 games played)

Rafael Robles died in New York, New York at the age of 50. his son Orlando Rafael Robles is a under ground rapper with the moniker Young Sosa that recently came out with a song Burlao

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