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Full Name: Orlando Luis Cabrera Current Team:
Height/Weight: 5'9"/185 Uniform Number:
Birthdate: November 2, 1974 Entry Draft: N/A (1993 Free Agent)
Birthplace: Cartagena, Colombia Drafted By: Montreal Expos
Primary Position: SS College: N/A


Biography

Orlando Luis Cabrera (born November 2, 1974 in Cartagena, Colombia) is a Major League Baseball shortstop who plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He bats and throws right-handed.

Cabrera is the younger brother of Jolbert Cabrera, a former major league outfielder who recently signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Baseball career

As a batter, Cabrera is a good fastball line-drive hitter that uses all fields with occasional power. He is a consistent basestealing threat, and he also has the aggressiveness to hustle out numerous doubles and triples.

Cabrera is regarded as a one of the best shortstops in the game. He has an excellent range to both sides, soft hands and a strong arm. He won the Gold Glove Award in 2001. In 2003, he finished second among the league shortstops in batting average (.297), slugging percentage (.415), RBI's (80), and in stolen base percentage (24-to-26). Beside this, he is one of four Montreal players to have ever played all 162 games in a season, and the first to do it twice. Also, his 17 home runs in that season were the most ever by a shortstop in the Expos history.

Cabrera was traded by Montreal to the Boston Red Sox in the summer of 2004, on the last day of the July trading deadline. Cabrera made Boston fans forget their anger over the Garciaparra four-team deal, batting .294 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 58 games. He also brought stability to the shortstop position, which delighted the Red Sox pitchers. The trade, which also netted first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz from the Twins, shored up Boston's infield defense and energized the team, which went 42-19 after the deal to win the American League's wild card (56-45 before the trade). "He is a game-changer in the field for me," Curt Schilling said.

Following his 2004 World Series victory with the Red Sox, Cabrera signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels organization. Orlando replaced fan favorite David Eckstein at the shortstop position. While it took Angels fans a while to warm up to Cabrera, he eventually became a fan favorite himself after an excellent defensive season in 2005.

Cabrera is a career .267 hitter with 84 home runs and 500 RBI in 1151 games. As a shortstop, he has compiled 1769 putouts, 3204 assists, and 113 errors in 5086 total chances, for a .978 fielding percentage.

In his first game back to Fenway Park as an Anaheim Angel in June 2005, Cabrera was greeted with a standing ovation which lasted 30 seconds before he walked to the plate. Red Sox fans still give him standing ovations upon each plate appearance at Fenway Park.

Orlando Cabrera was traded to the Chicago White Sox prior to the 2008 MLB season.

Nicknames

Cabrera has been given several nicknames by teammates, fans and media.

  • O-Cab
  • OC
  • O-Dawg (commonly used by Rex Hudler)
  • The Wizard of O.C. (bestowed on him by Angel broadcaster Steve Physioc)
  • Cabfare

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB K HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1997 MON 16 18 4 4 0 2 .222 .263 .222 0 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 1
1998 MON 79 261 44 73 3 22 .280 .325 .414 16 5 18 27 0 5 6 1 6
1999 MON 104 382 48 97 8 39 .254 .293 .403 23 5 18 38 3 4 2 4 9
2000 MON 125 422 47 100 13 55 .237 .279 .393 25 1 25 28 1 3 4 3 12
2001 MON 162 626 64 173 14 96 .276 .324 .428 41 6 43 54 4 4 19 5 15
2002 MON 153 563 64 148 7 56 .263 .321 .380 43 1 48 53 2 9 25 4 16
2003 MON 162 626 95 186 17 80 .297 .347 .460 47 2 52 64 1 3 24 3 18
2004 MON 103 390 41 96 4 31 .246 .298 .336 19 228 31 2 2 12 0 12
2004 BOS 58 228 33 67 6 31 .294 .320 .465 19 1 11 23 1 1 4 0 4
2004 Total 161 618 74 163 10 62 .264 .306 .383 38 3 11 23 1 1 4 0 4
2005 LAA 141 540 70 139 8 57 .257 .309 .365 28 3 38 50 3 4 21 4 10
2006 LAA 153 607 95 171 9 72 .282 .335 .404 45 1 51 58 3 3 27 0 12
2007 LAA 155 638 101 192 8 86 .301 .345 .397 35 1 44 64 5 3 20 0 12
2008 CHW 161 661 93 186 8 57 .281 .334 .371 33 1 56 71 1 3 19 1 16
2009 OAK 101 414 41 116 4 41 .280 .318 .365 23 0 25 39 0 5 11 1 13
2009 MIN 59 242 42 70 5 36 .289 .313 .430 13 3 11 32 0 1 2 0 9
2009 Total 160 656 83 186 9 77 .284 .316 .389 36 3 36 71 0 6 13 1 22
Career NL 904 3288 407 877 66 381 .267 .315 .405 214 22 233 298 13 31 93 20 89
Career AL 828 3330 475 941 48 380 .283 .328 .405 196 10 236 337 13 20 104 6 76
Career 1732 6618 882 1818 114 761 .275 .322 .398 410 32 469 635 26 51 197 26 165

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A E DP TP FPCT
1997 MON SS 6 0 12 1 6 1 1 0 .875
1997 MON 2B 4 3 28 10 9 0 2 0 1.000
1998 MON SS 52 48 411.1 64 123 3 20 0 .984
1998 MON 2B 28 24 210 59 72 4 16 0 .970
1999 MON SS 102 100 870 187 289 10 61 0 .979
2000 MON SS 124 118 987.2 167 339 10 77 1 .981
2000 MON 2B 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 MON SS 162 160 1406.2 246 515 11 106 0 .986
2002 MON SS 153 150 1352.1 237 498 29 102 1 .962
2003 MON SS 162 160 1385.2 259 456 18 101 0 .975
2004 MON SS 101 100 867.2 147 290 7 69 0 .984
2004 BOS SS 57 57 491 78 147 8 23 0 .966
2004 Total SS 158 157 1358.2 225 437 15 92 0 .978
2005 LAA SS 140 139 1240.2 229 347 7 81 0 .988
2006 LAA SS 152 152 1320.2 253 376 16 100 0 .975
2007 LAA SS 153 153 1330.2 239 415 11 104 0 .983
2007 LAA DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2008 CHW SS 161 160 1389.2 242 472 16 101 0 .978
2009 OAK SS 101 100 887.2 156 273 14 63 0 .968
2009 MIN SS 57 57 501 102 155 11 35 0 .959
2009 Total SS 158 157 1388.2 258 428 25 98 0 .965
Total SS 1683 1654 14454.2 2603 4702 172 1044 2 .977
Total 2B 33 27 241 69 81 4 18 0 .974
Total DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Awards

Transactions

Trivia

  • Gold Glove (2001)
  • Twice led league in games played (2001, 2003)
  • Hit a home run on his first at-bat as a Red Sox, becoming the eighth Boston player to accomplish this feat (August 1, 2004)
  • Won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. It was the franchise's first World Series since 1918.
  • Had a straight steal of home plate on July 2, 2006, the first such time it had happened by an Angels player since 1997.
  • Had a 63-game on-base streak in early-through-mid 2006, which was among the top five streaks of all time. Ted Williams holds the major league record with 84 straight games reaching base by a hit, walk, or hit-by-pitch.



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