|Left fielder / First baseman / Shortstop|
October 3, 1971 |
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 24, 1992 for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 19, 2005 for the Washington Nationals|
|Runs batted in||566|
|Career highlights and awards|
Wilfredo Cordero Nieva (born October 3, 1971 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) is a former first baseman/outfielder in Major League Baseball. He was best known as a member of the Montreal Expos (1992-1995, 2002-2003). Cordero made his Major League Baseball debut in 1992 and last played in 2005. In addition to the Expos, Cordero has played for the Boston Red Sox (1996-1997), Chicago White Sox (1998), Cleveland Indians (1999, 2000-2002), Pittsburgh Pirates (2000), Florida Marlins (2004), and Washington Nationals (2005). He batted and threw right-handed.
Cordero had an opportunity to make the Montreal Expos roster on Opening Day in 1992, less than four years after he signed with the team at the age of sixteen, but he struck out 17 times in 38 spring training at bats, and was sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis. He debuted with the big team after the All-Star break and finished with a .314 batting average in 45 games, despite missing significant stretches of playing time due to a sprained ankle, a strained middle finger, and a serious case of chicken pox.
A line drive hitter, he finished his first full season with a .248 average, 10 homers and 58 RBIs in 1993. Meanwhile, he displayed excellent range at shortstop and a strong throwing arm. In the strike-shortened 1994 season, Cordero finished with a career-high .294 average, 15 home runs, 63 RBI, 65 runs scored and 35 doubles, and made the National League All-Star team. The next year he batted .286.
Cordero was traded to the Boston Red Sox before the 1996 season. The Expos received pitchers Rheal Cormier and Shayne Bennett, and first baseman Ryan McGuire in the deal. In his first year in Boston, a pair of nagging injuries and the presence of John Valentin at shortstop limited his playing time. Cordero was used at second base and as designated hitter in only 59 games. His most productive season came in 1997, when he hit .281 and posted career-highs in home runs (18), RBI (72), runs (82), hits (160) and games (140). However, Cordero drew the ire of fans after he was arrested on June 10, 1997, on domestic abuse charges. He was re-arrested for violating an order to stay away from his wife after being released on $200 bail. Later that month, the Boston Globe published court documents from Cordero's 1993 divorce from his first wife Wanda Mora in which she alleged that he had struck her "on numerous occasions" causing "bruises and bleeding", including when she was pregnant. Upon returning to the line up after an eight game absence, Cordero was booed by the Boston fans. On November 4, 1997, Cordero pled guilty to the charges and received a 90-day sentence, suspended for two years. At the end of the 1997 season, the Red Sox released Cordero and he signed with the Chicago White Sox.
Between 1998 and 2004, Cordero played for five teams, including two stints with the Cleveland Indians and a full season with his former club, Montreal. He suffered new injuries, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in 2004, and some personal problems, including domestic abuse, that have plagued his career. Cordero was back in 2005, with the new-look Washington Nationals franchise.
On, July 25, 2005, the Nationals placed Cordero on waivers for the purpose of giving the veteran his unconditional release. The 33-year-old Cordero, who had been bothered by knee problems, batted just .118 with two RBI in 29 games that season for the Nationals. On July 27, the New York Mets signed Cordero to a minor league contract and assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. The Mets released Cordero on August 15 after he hit just .129 for the Tides.
After not playing at all in 2006, the New York Mets signed Cordero to a minor league contract on March 7, 2007, but released him during spring training. Cordero works as a baseball coach during the summers at Kutsher's Sports Academy in Great Barrington, MA.
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