Rolando Roomes

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Rolando Roomes
Born: (1962-02-15) February 15, 1962 (age 55)
Kingston, Jamaica
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 12, 1988, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1990, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Batting average .254
Home runs 9
Runs batted in 42

Rolando Audley Roomes (born February 15, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball primarily as an outfielder from 1988-1990.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He was signed by the Chicago Cubs on July 14, 1980 as an amateur free agent.[2]

Major league career[edit]

It took Roomes eight seasons in the minor leagues until he made his Major league debut at age 26 on April 12, 1988 as a pinch runner for Jerry Mumphrey in a 7-5 Cubs road loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.[3]

On December 8, 1988 he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds.

On May 3, 1989 the Reds called up Roomes, who had by far his most productive major league season.

In 1990 Roomes continued to struggle with strikeouts, plus the Reds had acquired outfielders Billy Hatcher and later Glenn Braggs. After hitting .213 with two home runs and seven runs RBI's in 60 plate appearances, he was released by the Reds, who went on to win the 1990 World Series. On the same day the Reds released him, June 18, 1990, he was claimed on waivers by the Montreal Expos. He appeared in 16 games for the Expos, hitting .286 in 15 plate appearances. It was his final year in the big leagues, with the Expos releasing him in December 1990.[4]