February 22, 1980 |
San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
|July 30, 2003 for the Texas Rangers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 11, 2005 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||12|
Ramón A. Nivar Martínez (born February 22, 1980 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball utility player who played for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles from 2003-2005.
Nivar was original signed as an undrafted free agent by the Texas Rangers in 1998. In 2003 with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders, he hit .347 and was selected as Baseball America 2nd Team Minor League All-Star, Texas League All-Star Second Baseman and Texas League Minor League Player of the Year. He also played for the World team in the 2003 All-Star Futures Game.
Nivar made his Major League debut on July 30, 2003 for the Rangers against the Boston Red Sox as a ninth inning defensive replacement. He played in 28 games with the Rangers that season, hitting .211 in 90 at bats. After playing in seven more games in 2004 he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in March 2005, appearing in seven games with the Orioles that season.
Before 2006 Nivar signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals but did not make the roster. He played some games for the independent York Revolution in 2007 and then signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres at the end of the season.