Alfredo Despaigne

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Alfredo Despaigne
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Despaigne batting for the Cuba national team in 2013 World Baseball Classic
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 54
Outfielder
Born: (1986-06-17) June 17, 1986 (age 32)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
CNS: 2004, for the Alazanes de Granma
NPB: July, 29, 2014, for the Chiba Lotte Marines
CNS statistics
(through 2013-14 season)
Batting average.348
Home runs220
RBI721
Hits1,052
NPB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.265
Home runs118
RBI364
Hits502
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Alfredo Despaigne Rodriguez (born June 17, 1986) is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball.

In Cuba, he is known as "El Inmenso Despaigne" (the Immense Despaigne) and "El Caballo de los Caballos" (The Stallion of the Stallions).[1]

Career[edit]

He was named the Best Hitter at the 2007 World Port Tournament, and was also a part of the Cuban team which won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Despaigne burst onto the scene after posting an impressive season in 2007, afterwards earning a key role on Cuba's National Team.[2] In 2009, Despaigne had one of the most dominating seasons in Cuban baseball history, breaking the Cuban Home Run record while hitting .373 with 97 RBIs.[2] Following the season, he was named MVP of the National Series. Despaigne was again excellent in 2010,[3] ranking among the best hitters in various statistical categories.[4] In 2012, he set a new Cuban league regular-season home run record, with 35.[5]

He signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines on July 15, 2014.[6] Despaigne appeared in 45 games, hitting .311, with 12 home runs and 33 runs batted in. After the season, the Marines signed him to a two-year contract.[7][8]

Despaigne won with his national team the gold medal of the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico.[9][10][11]

In 2017, Despaigne played a key role[clarification needed] in Granma's win of the Cuban National Series.[12]

In 2018, he selected 2018 NPB All-Star game [jp].[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alfredo Despaigne - EcuRed
  2. ^ a b Alfredo Despaigne - BR Bullpen
  3. ^ Continued Slugging Rampage of Alfredo Despaigne | Bjarkman's Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
  4. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  5. ^ Top Cuban OF Alfredo Despaigne in Mexico with false passport
  6. ^ "Cuban outfielder Despaigne signs with Chiba Lotte". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Cuban outfielder Despaigne re-signs with Chiba Lotte". ESPN.com. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  8. ^ 2014年9月23日 ヒーローインタビュー(石川、デスパイネ) - YouTube
  9. ^ "Hockey de RD da salto cualitativo". El Nacional (in Spanish). 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  10. ^ "Veracruz 2014: Cuba, campeón del béisbol centroamericano". Cubasi.cu (in Spanish). 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  11. ^ "Cuba gana medalla de oro en béisbol". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). Veracruz, Mexico. EFE. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  12. ^ 2017 Cuban Finals: Despaigne with the Game Winner for Granma. Horses lead the series 1-0 | BaseballdeCuba
  13. ^ "マイナビオールスターゲーム2018 選手間投票結果". NPB.jp 日本野球機構 (in Japanese). July 3, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.

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