Chris Roberson (baseball)

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Chris Roberson
Chris Roberson.jpg
Roberson with the Reno Aces
Sultanes de Monterrey – No. 15
Center fielder
Born: (1979-08-23) August 23, 1979 (age 39)
Oakland, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 12, 2006, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.232
Home runs0
Runs batted in2
Career highlights and awards

Christopher William Roberson (born August 23, 1979) is an American-born Mexican professional baseball outfielder currently with the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League.


Roberson graduated from El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito in 1997, and attended both Contra Costa College and Feather River College. After graduating, Roberson played on the Clearwater Threshers, a Phillies farm team, and had a twenty-three game hit streak. Playing for the Reading Phillies, Roberson was named the 2005 Eastern League Rookie of the Year.[1][2] After starting center fielder Aaron Rowand crashed into the outfield wall at Citizens Bank Park on May 11, 2006,[3] Roberson was called up to play the center field position, along with Shane Victorino. Roberson made his major league debut on May 12, 2006, against the Cincinnati Reds. Out of options, Roberson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in January 2008 for cash.[4] In February 2008, Roberson was assigned to the Norfolk Tides of the International League. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

In January 2009, Roberson signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After spending the 2009 season with the Reno Aces, he was again granted free agency.

In 2010, he signed with Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League. While in Mexico, Roberson has also played for Liga Mexicana del Pacífico teams Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Águilas de Mexicali.[5] In 2012, he played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the American Association, returning to Monterrey after the season.

International Career[edit]

He was selected for the Mexico national baseball team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

On March 7, 2019, he was replaced by Jesús Fabela at the 2019 exhibition games against Japan.[6]


After moving to Mexico, Roberson married Yaneth, with whom he has two children, and later became a citizen of the country.[5]


  1. ^ "Season Ending Awards". Eastern League official website. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  2. ^ "Ruf Named E.L. MVP and Rookie of the Year: Becomes just the third player in team history to sweep awards". Reading Phillies official website. Minor League Baseball. August 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  3. ^ Rowand recounts catch, crash at the wall
  4. ^ Phillies part ways with Roberson
  5. ^ a b Gomez, Eric (March 13, 2017). "Chris Roberson and his Mexican-American dream". Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "「ENEOS 侍ジャパンシリーズ2019」メキシコチーム出場選手変更について". 野球日本代表 侍ジャパン オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2019.

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