Almonte with the Nashville Sounds
February 1, 1978 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|September 4, 2001, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 25, 2011, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||14|
Erick R. Almonte (born February 1, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a former professional baseball infielder. He was originally signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1996. He made his major league debut on September 4, 2001, for the Yankees and also played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
Almonte was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1996. He spent four years in the minors before getting called up in 2001. He made his debut on September 4, 2001. After spending the 2002 season in the Yankees minor league system, he was called up in 2003 after Derek Jeter suffered an injury, and was the team's starting shortstop until Jeter returned.
Almonte spent the 2004 season in the Colorado Rockies organization after getting released by the Yankees. In November 2004, the Cleveland Indians signed him to a minor league contract, but, without playing any games, they sold his contract to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League. In 2006, he played for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.
On October 31, 2007, he signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers. He became a free agent after the 2008 season and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs in January 2009. He became a free agent during spring training, and the signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He played the entire 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. His minor league contract was purchased by the Brewers at the conclusion of spring training in 2011. Almonte hit his first home run in nearly 10 years for the Brewers against the Reds on Saturday, April 2, 2011. He was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on June 3, 2011.
Fans call him "E9" and "Ericka".
Became the first player to be placed on MLB's concussion-based 7-day disabled list on April 26, 2011.