Bobby Abreu
Baseball player
Bobby Abreu
Bob Kelly "Bobby" Abreu, nicknamed "El Comedulce" and also "La Luche", is a Major League Baseball left fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Abreu is a two-time All-Star, and has won a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. He has led the league in games, doubles, and triples. Through 2011, he was second among active ballplayers in doubles (554), third in walks (1,419), sixth in stolen bases (393), and ninth in on-base percentage (.397). http://www. baseball-reference.
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Phillies Sign Abreu
NYTimes - about 3 years
Outfielder Bobby Abreu signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training with the club.
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Philadelphia Phillies agree to deal with veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu
Calgary Sun - about 3 years
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Bobby Abreu, the team confirmed Tuesday.
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The Hall of Fame Expansion Era Ballot
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As part of the increasingly complicated Hall of Fame selection process, there are five players on the expansion era ballot-Davey Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry. There is an additional candidate, Joe Torre who is on the ballot as both a manager and a player. Torre stands out from the rest of these players because in addition to having a borderline Hall of Fame Career as a player, Torre also has four World Series victories as the manager of the New York Yankees from 1996-2000. It is therefore very likely that Torre will be elected, deservedly, based on his performance as a player and a manager. The other five are very interesting cases. From the period from roughly 1970-1985, they were all excellent players and frequent All Stars who played in a lot of post-seasons. There is also a strong narrative for each of these players. John was a solid pitcher for a long time who had a surgery named for him. Concepcion was one of the best shortstops of his er ...
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The Last Game at Yankee Stadium, September 21, 2008
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Now that baseball season has ended in New York, I'm in a hot-stove season funk. It feels like the boys of summer must still be playing, on these 80-degree days in Manhattan. Thinking about my team, the New York Yankees, and the way this year felt like conclusions all around -- Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retiring, Derek Jeter injured, Alex Rodriguez facing a year and a half's suspension -- it's inevitable to remember the very last game at Yankee Stadium, if you were there. Here's what I thought at the time, five years ago.... Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, summer 2008 (photo by me) September 21, 2008. A gorgeous summery day in the Bronx. Sunshine, and scattered harmless clouds in the sky. The bat, its white-taped hilt towering above the rubble and fencing around its base. In the distance, beyond it, the ivory upsweep of Macombs Dam Bridge. A trio of flagpoles, with American, New York state, and National Park Service flags lying limp against them. The beige-khaki walls ...
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Source: Scouting Bobby Abreu only 'background work' for Red Sox - Boston Herald
Google News - about 4 years Source: Scouting Bobby Abreu only 'background work' for Red Sox Boston Herald Although the Red Sox dispatched scouts to Venezuela last week to observe Bobby Abreu's workout, it's unlikely they will sign the veteran outfielder. The trip, while confirmed today by a major league source, also was labeled somewhat dismissively as ... Three predictions for 2013ESPN (blog) Bobby Abreu: BoSox downplay interest in Bobby Bobby Abreu draws Red Sox interestSB Nation Bleacher Report -Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia all 66 news articles »
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Giants eliminate Dodgers, 4-3
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Giants eliminate Dodgers, 4-3 Fans in San Francisco enjoyed one more whoop and holler ahead of the playoffs when the Giants sent the Dodgers home for the winter with Tuesday night's 4-3 victory at Chavez Ravine. Under the surface, something more important happened in the Giants' 11th consecutive win in a game started by Barry Zito, who ended a great bounce-back season with his 15th victory. For the first time since even before the Giants clinched the National League West title, they pulled out a close win that looked and felt like a postseason game. Rookie George Kontos got the out of his life, and might have won a spot on the postseason roster, when he struck out Matt Kemp on a slider in the dirt with the potential tying run in scoring position in the seventh inning. In the ninth, after Andre Ethier's leadoff single against Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo got to play Brian Wilson on a big stage and recorded the final three outs, which allowed the Cardinals to cli ...
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Kershaw, Dodgers blank Rockies
Fox News - over 4 years
Clayton Kershaw went eight innings, Shane Victorino and Bobby Abreu both homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pasted the Colorado Rockies, 8-0, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.Kershaw (13-9) struck out 10 and scattered five hits with a pair of walks in his second start back from a hip injury
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New-look Dodgers finally coming together
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
New-look Dodgers finally coming together [...] yet, it was Cain's wild pitch - a low-and-in changeup to Bobby Abreu that bounced well in front of catcher Buster Posey - that scored the Dodgers' tying run in the eighth inning. Triples Alley plays no favorites, opening a pathway to even the slowest of foot, and the lumbering Gonzalez steamed comfortably into third. If anything defines the Dodgers' new attitude - "Here's a million bucks for this case of Heineken, keep the change" - it's the combination of Gonzalez and Ramirez, two exceptional hitters who had fallen out of favor, needed a new setting in the worst way, and couldn't wait to justify the Dodgers' financial commitment. If you add the contracts of Ramirez, Andre Ethier (recently signed long-term) and the signing of Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, the flamboyant new ownership has committed $432 million this summer alone. It was so easy for Giants fans, particularly after Friday night's thrilling win, to tell ...
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Dodgers bring back Bobby Abreu
LATimes - over 4 years
It’s been an interesting season for outfielder Bobby Abreu. He’s gone from would-be everyday starter for the Angels, to being released, to signing as a reserve with the Dodgers, to playing almost every game, to being designated for assignment, to agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers.
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MLB notes: Abreu loses to Victorino again
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
For the second time in his career, Bobby Abreu is hitting the road to make room for Shane Victorino.
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Abreu designated for assignment by Dodgers
USA Today - over 4 years
Two-time All-Star Bobby Abreu was cut to make room for newly acquired left fielder Shane Victorino.
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Bobby Abreu embraces different role, sees no reason to alter approach
LATimes - over 4 years
With Dee Gordon on the disabled list, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has had to be creative with the leadoff spot, and Tuesday that meant penciling in 38-year-old Bobby Abreu at the top of the order for the fifth time this season.
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Cruz steals show as Dodgers trump Reds
Fox News - over 4 years
Luis Cruz doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and then was credited with a steal of home, helping the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.Bobby Abreu had an RBI single and James Loney scored the go-ahead run, as the Dodgers won for just the second time in their last 10 games
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Bobby Abreu-Mike Trout maneuver benefits Dodgers and Angels
LATimes - over 4 years
Abreu, cast adrift by the Angels, has made the Dodgers better as a solid presence in the middle of the lineup because of injuries. The heralded Trout has been absolute sensation for Angels. It's a cliché, really. Not exactly the tired variety, because it seldom works out that a trade truly benefits both teams.
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Dodgers Take Down Rockies Offense
Huffington Post - over 4 years
DENVER -- During their five-game winning streak, the Colorado Rockies scored 53 runs and hit 13 homers. Carlos Gonzalez was the catalyst, hitting six homers and driving in 11 runs. Gonzalez struggled Saturday, going hitless in three at-bats with runners in scoring position and 1 for 4 overall, and the Rockies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2. "It was a frustrating day," Gonzalez said. "It was just one of those days where I wasn't going to get an RBI if I played all day." Aaron Harang certainly had something to do with that, pitching six strong innings for the Dodgers, who ended a season-worst five-game losing streak. Bobby Abreu homered for the first time this year. Andre Ethier and Elian Herrera had two hits and two RBIs each and James Loney also had two hits for the Dodgers. Just as frustrating for the Rockies was losing Juan Nicasio because of a strained left knee with two outs in the second. Herrera hit a two-run single through Nicasio's leg to ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Abreu
  • 2014
    Age 39
    He was called back up to the majors on September 9, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Abreu announced his retirement from baseball on September 26. He singled in his final at-bat on September 28. Abreu was noted for his plate discipline. In 2009, he led the American League in percent of pitches taken at 67.5%, while also having the fourth lowest percentage of swinging at the first pitch at 9.5%. Abreu dated former Miss Universe Alicia Machado; the couple later split, calling off their engagement. Abreu was involved in many events in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley communities. In 2001, he was the Honorary Chairman for the American Red Cross Blood Drive. Abreu bought $10,000 worth of tickets to most Friday night games for children in his "Abreu's Amigos" organization during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In this program, the children got jerseys, coupons for concessions, and chances to meet Abreu on the field during batting practice.
    On March 31, 2014, Abreu signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.
    More Details Hide Details On April 21, the Mets promoted Abreu from the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, after trading Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was designated for assignment on August 4 and officially released on August 10. However, just four days later on August 14, the Mets re-signed Abreu to another minor league contract.
    On January 21, 2014, Abreu signed a minor league contract with the Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details He was released before the season on March 27.
    Through 2014, he led active ballplayers in doubles (565), walks (1,456), and outfield assists (136), was fifth in runs scored (1,441) and in stolen bases (399), seventh in extra base hits (911) and on-base percentage (.396), and tenth in runs batted in (1,349).
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  • 2013
    Age 38
    After sitting out the 2013 season, Abreu participated in the 2013–14 Venezuelan Winter League and logged a .322 batting average in 180 plate appearances with Leones del Caracas.
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  • 2012
    Age 37
    He was designated for assignment on August 1, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Abreu cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to AAA Albuquerque. He had 6 hits in his 17 at-bats for the Isotopes before rejoining the Dodgers as a September call-up, spending the last month of the season as a pinch hitter. He played in 92 games with the Dodgers, hitting .246.
    On May 4, 2012, Abreu signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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    Abreu was released by the Angels on April 27, 2012 and replaced on the roster by future Rookie of the Year and MVP Award winner Mike Trout.
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  • 2009
    Age 34
    On November 5, 2009, the first day eligible players could file for free agency, Abreu accepted a two-year deal with the Angels, with a club option for 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He cited the Angels manager, Mike Scioscia as one of the reasons, saying "He's one of those managers that lets you play the game, and he gives you big support." He also noted the organization publicly recognized his career achievements and consistently delivered opportunities to succeed in the postseason, saying, "This is a team that gives you an opportunity always to be in the playoffs. This time, my first time with them, I was very close to getting to the World Series, so why not stay? Of course you want a team that is going to give you opportunities to be in the World Series and win the World Series. I don't want to take a chance with someone else." During the 2011–2012 offseason, the New York Yankees proposed a trade to the Angels that would have sent starting pitcher A. J. Burnett to Anaheim for Abreu. Abreu would have become the Yankees' regular designated hitter, but Burnett vetoed the trade. On February 20, 2012, Burnett was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Yankees signed Raúl Ibañez to be the DH. Abreu was already annoyed that he wouldn't be playing every day for the Angels, and when he learned what Burnett had done, he ordered Angels' management to either play him every day as the designated hitter or trade him. Another proposed trade, which would have sent Abreu to the Cleveland Indians for Lou Marson, fell through.
    In 2009, he led the AL in errors by an outfielder, with 8.
    More Details Hide Details Though Abreu stated that he enjoyed his season with the Angels and was credited with helping many of the team's younger players to improve their swings and patience at the plate, he turned down a two-year, $16 million extension on his contract on October 15.
    On February 12, 2009, Abreu signed a $5 million, one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and was expected to play left field.
    More Details Hide Details However, after Vladimir Guerrero was moved to DH due to injury, Abreu saw more action at his natural position in right field. After struggling early in the season, Abreu hit .380 with 28 RBI in 26 games in July and was named American League player of the month. Abreu became the first Angels player to reach those figures in batting average and RBI in one calendar month since Tim Salmon, who hit .390 with 32 RBI in 27 games in July 1997. On August 6, Abreu led off the fifth inning with a solo home run off Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks, giving him 250 homers in his career. Abreu became one of only six players in major league history to collect 250 home runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 1,000 runs batted in, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    He had the last stolen base in the original Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008.
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    Abreu hit a walk-off double on July 9, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details On September 18, Abreu hit 2 home runs and had 6 RBI in a game versus the Chicago White Sox and Javier Vázquez. He finished the season with a .296 average, 20 home runs, and 100 RBI.
  • 2007
    Age 32
    In 2007, Abreu was second in the AL in runs (123), third in pitches per plate appearance (4.38), ninth in games (158) and times on base (258), and tenth in walks (84) and plate appearances (699).
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    On September 12, 2006, Abreu drove in six runs in the first inning of the Yankees' 12–4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
    More Details Hide Details Abreu began the 9-run inning by homering with Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter on base, then concluded it with a bases-loaded double that scored Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera and Jeter. The six RBIs tied Gil McDougald's 55-year franchise record for most in one inning (McDougald batted in six runs in one inning in 1951, his rookie season). Alex Rodriguez broke the record shared by Abreu and McDougald by driving in seven runs in the sixth inning of 2009 regular season finale, also against Tampa Bay. After getting off to a slow start in (2007), Abreu finished the season strong putting up 101 RBI, 16 home runs and a .283 batting average.
    In 2006, Abreu led the major leagues in walks (124), pitches per plate appearance (4.45), and number of pitches seen (3,056), and was second in the major leagues in percent of plate appearances that were walks (18.5%), and led the AL in percentage of pitches taken (66.2), and in walks per plate appearance (.181), third in batting average on balls in play (.375), eighth in on-base percentage (.424), 18th in stolen bases (30), and 19th in doubles (41).
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    Abreu fit well into the Yankees lineup. He batted .297 with 15 home runs and 107 RBI in the 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details The Yankees ran away with the AL East division title by mid-September 2006, but were eliminated by the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 American League Division Series.
    On July 30, 2006, Abreu was traded along with Cory Lidle to the New York Yankees for minor league shortstop C. J. Henry (a 2005 first-round draft pick), left-hander Matt Smith (a seven-year minor league veteran), catcher Jesus Sanchez, and right-hander Carlos Monasterios—all low-level prospects in the Yankee organization.
    More Details Hide Details Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin called the trade "the Great Gillick Giveaway" and declared it "an unvarnished disaster." The Phillies actually improved after the Abreu trade and made a run for the National League wild card, only to be eliminated on the second to last day of the season.
  • 2004
    Age 29
    In 2004, Abreu also led the Major Leagues in pitches-per-plate-appearance (4.32) and number of pitches seen (3,077), was eighth highest in the league in total bases (312), and posted the league's tenth-best OPS (.971).
    More Details Hide Details In May, Abreu was honored as the Player of the Month in the National League, after he hit .396 and 11 home runs. He also led the NL for the month in slugging average (.792), on-base percentage (.535), and walks (30) and was tied for the league lead with 30 RBI. He became the first player in Major League history to hit at least one home run in nine out of ten team games. He was voted a starter in the NL outfield for the All-Star Game, finishing second in fan voting, behind St. Louis Cardinals Jim Edmonds. Prior to the All-Star Game at Comerica Park in Detroit, Abreu won the Home Run Derby as he set records with 24 home runs in a single round (since broken by Josh Hamilton in 2008), and 41 overall, topping Miguel Tejada's previous marks of 15 and 27 set one year earlier. Abreu's longest homer was measured at 517 feet, the third longest in Derby history.
    Abreu hit the first home run at Citizens Bank Park on Opening Day, April 12, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with a .301 average, 30 home runs, and 105 RBI, and ranked among the National League top five in five offensive categories: runs (fourth, 118) -- the third time in 6 years that he scored 118 runs, doubles (fourth, 47), stolen bases (third, 40—a career high), walks (second, 127—a career high) and on-base percentage (fifth, .428).
    In 2004, Abreu got his first All-Star berth, being voted in as the National League All-Star Final Vote winner in online voting on
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  • 2003
    Age 28
    In 2003, Abreu was fourth in the league in walks (109), seventh in sacrifice flies (7), eighth in OBP (.409), and ninth in stolen bases (22).
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  • 2002
    Age 27
    In 2002, he led the league in doubles (50), and was sixth in walks (104), seventh in stolen bases (31) and intentional walks (13), eighth in OBP (.413), ninth in hits (176), and tenth in runs (102).
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  • 2001
    Age 26
    In 2001, Abreu led the NL in games played (162), and was third in walks (106), fourth in stolen bases (36) and doubles (48), and eighth in runs (118) and sacrifice flies (9).
    More Details Hide Details He also hit a career-high 31 home runs and had a career-high 110 RBI.
  • 2000
    Age 25
    In 2000, he finished fourth in the league in triples (10), sixth in doubles (42), seventh in walks (100), and ninth in OBP (.416).
    More Details Hide Details Abreu became the first Phillie outfielder since Greg Luzinski with back-to-back 20 homer seasons.
  • 1999
    Age 24
    In 1999, he made a brief run at the batting title.
    More Details Hide Details His .335 career-high average that season ranked third in the National League and was the highest posted by a Phillies player since outfielder Tony González hit .339 in 1967. His .446 career-high OBP was third in the league and he tied for the league lead in triples with 11.
  • 1998
    Age 23
    In 1998, his first season with the Phillies, Abreu led the team with a .312 batting average and collected 17 home runs, 74 RBI, and 19 stolen bases in 151 games, with 271 putouts and 17 assists in right field.
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  • 1997
    Age 22
    Left unprotected in the 1997 MLB Expansion Draft when the Astros decided to keep fellow Venezuelan outfielder Richard Hidalgo, Abreu was selected by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays, only to be dealt hours later to the Phillies for shortstop Kevin Stocker, a trade regarded among the worst in MLB history
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    He played in 59 games for the Astros in 1997, hitting .250 with 3 homers.
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    He hit his first two home runs in the same game on April 28, 1997, against Jamey Wright and Steve Reed of the Colorado Rockies.
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  • 1996
    Age 21
    He was the Astros Minor League Player of the Year in 1996 and made his Major League debut on September 1, 1996, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    More Details Hide Details He was announced as a pinch hitter but did not get to bat because he was subsequently pinch hit for himself with Mike Simms. He had his first official at-bat the following day against the St. Louis Cardinals when he flied out to left field as a pinch hitter in the top of the 6th. After a few more appearances as a pinch hitter or late inning defensive replacement, he made his first start in left field against the Colorado Rockies on September 6, going hitless in four at-bats with 2 strikeouts. Abreu's first Major League hit was a single to right field as a pinch hitter against Bobby Jones of the New York Mets on September 24. He finished his first season with 5 hits in 22 at-bats.
  • 1990
    Age 15
    Abreu was signed as an amateur free agent by the Houston Astros on August 21, 1990.
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  • 1974
    Born on March 11, 1974.
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