Alberto Callaspo

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Alberto Callaspo
Callaspo with the Oakland Athletics
Third baseman / Second baseman
Born: (1983-04-19) April 19, 1983 (age 40)
Maracay, Venezuela
Batted: Switch
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 6, 2006, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last MLB appearance
August 19, 2015, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.265
Home runs52
Runs batted in369

Alberto José Callaspo Brito (/kˈæsp/, Spanish: [alˈβeɾto xoˈse kaˈʎaspo]; born April 19, 1983) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. Callaspo has primarily played third base and second base during his career.


Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels[edit]

Callaspo was originally signed by the then-Anaheim Angels in 2001, playing for the Aguilas Cibaeñas of Dominican Summer League. In 2002, Callaspo batted .338 with 16 doubles, 10 triples, three home runs and 60 RBI in 70 games with the rookie-level Provo Angels, where he was voted by Baseball America as a Pioneer League All-Star and was named to Pioneer League All-Star team.

Callaspo batting for the Kansas City Royals in 2009

In 2003, Callaspo led the Midwest League with a .327 average and 38 doubles with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Callaspo spent 2004 with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, where he was selected for the Texas League All-Star game. Callaspo split 2005 with the Travelers and Triple-A Salt Lake Stingers. He again made the Texas League All-Star Game and was named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On March 1, 2006, the Angels traded Callaspo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Jason Bulger.[1][2] He began 2006 with the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders. He was named the Diamondbacks' Minor League Player of the Year. Callaspo was called up to the Diamondbacks. He also split the 2007 season between Arizona and Tucson.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On December 14, 2007, the Diamondbacks traded Callaspo to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitcher Billy Buckner.[3] He split the 2008 season between the big-league club and Triple-A Omaha Royals.

In 2009, Callaspo tied for the major league lead in errors by a second baseman, with 17, and had the lowest fielding percentage of any starting second baseman (.973).[4]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On July 22, 2010, Callaspo was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Will Smith.[5][6]

Callaspo playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011

On January 16, 2012, Callaspo signed a one-year deal with the Angels worth $3.15 million, thus avoiding arbitration.[7] On February 5, 2013, the Angels finalized a two-year deal with Callaspo worth $8.975 million.[8]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On July 30, 2013, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Grant Green[9][10]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On December 9, 2014, Callaspo agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.[11]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On May 27, 2015, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers (with Ian Thomas, Eric Stults and Juan Jaime) in exchange for Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow.[12] In 59 games for the Dodgers, he hit .262. The Dodgers designated him for assignment on August 19[13] and he was released on August 27.[14]

Bridgeport Bluefish[edit]

On March 28, 2017, Callaspo signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Vaqueros Unión Laguna[edit]

On May 30, 2017, Callaspo signed with the Vaqueros Unión Laguna of the Mexican Baseball League.

Leones de Yucatán[edit]

On March 1, 2018, Callaspo was traded to the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican Baseball League in exchange for former MLB player Yuniesky Betancourt.

Algodoneros de Unión Laguna[edit]

On May 1, 2018, Callaspo was traded to the Algodoneros de Unión Laguna of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on June 4, 2018.

West Virginia Power/Charleston Dirty Birds[edit]

On December 7, 2020, Callaspo signed with the Welland Jackfish of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL).[15] Before the start of the season, on May 28, 2021, Callaspo signed with the West Virginia Power of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[16] Callaspo slashed .335/.469/.461 with 6 home runs and 57 RBI in 99 games for the Power. He became a free agent following the season. On March 4, 2022, Callaspo re-signed with the team, now named the Charleston Dirty Birds.[17] He was released by the team on May 19, 2022.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Callaspo was arrested at his home on May 10, 2007, by Phoenix police for domestic violence, but the charges against him were later dropped. He was placed on the restricted list without pay the day after the arrest,[18] but the Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance on his behalf[19] and he was reinstated within a week.[20][21]

In 2011, Mariangely Santana Pérez sued Callaspo, claiming he was the father of her son.[22] The Orange County Superior Court later determined that Callaspo was not the biological father.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scarr, Mike (March 1, 2006). "Notes: Bulger in bullpen mix". Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Magruder, Jack (March 1, 2006). "Bulger traded to Angels for infielder". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Royals acquire infielder Alberto Callaspo from Arizona in exchange for pitcher Billy Buckner". December 14, 2007. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "2014 Regular Season MLB Baseball 2B Fielding Statistics - Major League Baseball - ESPN". Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  5. ^ Eddy, Matt (July 22, 2010). "Angels Deal Two Young Pitchers For Callaspo". Baseball America. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Bolch, Ben (July 23, 2010). "Angels try to hit switch with Callaspo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Angels avoid arb. with Alberto Callaspo". January 16, 2012. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012.
  8. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (February 5, 2013). "Angels finalize two-year deal with Callaspo". Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  9. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (July 30, 2013). "Angels send Alberto Callaspo to Athletics for Grant Green". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "A's acquire Angels INF Alberto Callaspo in exchange for INF Grant Green". Oakland A's. July 30, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  11. ^ "Atlanta Braves agree with infielder Alberto Callaspo on 1-year deal - ESPN". December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  12. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (May 27, 2015). "The six-player Juan Uribe trade is official". LA Daily News. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  13. ^ Weisman, Jon (August 19, 2015). "Alberto Callaspo designated for assignment". Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  14. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (August 27, 2015). "Alberto Callaspo released by the Dodgers". NBC Sports. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  15. ^ "Jackfish sign MLB veteran Alberto Callaspo". December 7, 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Atlantic League Professional Baseball: Transactions".
  17. ^ "ALBERTO CALLASPO HEADLINES NEXT WAVE OF DIRTY BIRDS ADDED TO THE 2022 ROSTER". Charleston Dirty Birds. Retrieved March 5, 2022.
  18. ^ "Callaspo placed on restricted list without pay - MLB - ESPN". May 11, 2007. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  19. ^ "Grievances filed by union over Mateo, Callaspo suspensions - MLB - ESPN". May 17, 2007. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  20. ^ "Callaspo reinstated, joins teammates in Pittsburgh". Associated Press. May 19, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  21. ^ Gibert, Steve (May 19, 2007). "Callaspo reinstated from restricted list". Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  22. ^ Martinez, Brian (September 30, 2011). "Angels player disputes paternity of 4-year-old". Orange County Register. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  23. ^ Martinez, Brian (November 17, 2011). "Court: Angels player not the father in child support case". November 17, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2015.

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