29 Facts About Javier Baez

1. Javier Baez moved quickly through the Cubs minor league system, and made his major league debut on August 5, 2014.

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2. Javier Baez is likely to take a step back in every Rotisserie category, but that's what happens after you have a career-year.

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3. Javier Baez hit 34 home runs, drove in 111 RBIs and stole 21 bases.

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4. On September 2, Javier Baez hit his 30th home run of the year and scored his 100th RBI and was the first Cubs middle infielder since 1990 to achieve both in the same year.

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5. Javier Baez stands at an impressive height of 6 feet.

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6. Javier Baez has a huge tattoo on his left deltoid dedicated to the Cubs' 2016 World Series Championship title.

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7. Javier Baez was raised alongside his sister Noely and brothers Gadiel and Rolando.

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8. Javier Baez had his high school education at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Florida.

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9. Javier Baez helped the Chicago Cubs clinch the 2016 National League Championship Series and was named as co-MVP of the tournament alongside Jon Lester.

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10. Javier Baez is a professional baseball player who plays as an infielder for Major League Baseball side Chicago Cubs.

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11. Javier Baez has spent the majority of the offseason in his native Puerto Rico with his family, working out a hitting facility and conducting youth baseball clinics with his brother-in-law Jose Berrios of the Twins.

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12. Javier Baez played 160 of the Cubs' 163 games, and the Cubs simply couldn't afford to rest him in the final four weeks as their five-game lead gradually vanished.

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13. Javier Baez has confidence in the roster after the Cubs' disappointing finish last season.

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14. Javier Baez was 16 years old when he got his first tattoo by a high school classmate's father in Puerto Rico.

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15. Javier Baez has split his time at Triple-A Iowa between shortstop and second base, and will likely play second base in the big leagues as part of a dynamic double play combination with 24-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro.

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16. Javier Baez was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida with his family in 2005.

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17. Javier Baez had some great moments during the inning especially when he escaped Tigers starting pitcher, Francisco Liriano at a pick-off attempt at first base by stealing second.

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18. Javier Baez announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Irmarie Marquez via Twitter on April 11, 2018.

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19. Javier Baez chose "El Mago" as his nickname for the Players Weekend in 2017 and 2018.

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20. Javier Baez took a leave of absence from the Iowa Cubs to help cope with the loss.

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21. Javier Baez played for the Puerto Rican national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic where he won a silver medal.

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22. Javier Baez hit 34 home runs, drove in 111 RBI's and stole 21 bases.

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23. On September 2, Javier Baez hit his 30th home run of the year and scored his 100th RBI and is the first Cubs middle infielder since 1990 to achieve both in the same year.

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24. Javier Baez was the recipient of the Fielding Bible's Multi-Position award for the second straight season.

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25. Javier Baez would be part of the Cubs 2016 World Series win against the Cleveland Indians in 7 games, earning him his first World Series championship.

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26. On May 26, 2014, Javier Baez was named the PCL Player of the Week for the previous week.

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27. Javier Baez was reassigned to Minor League camp during the final week of spring training.

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28. Javier Baez was named one of the five finalists in the fan vote for the final spot on the World Team's roster for the 2013 All-Star Futures Game, but he finished second to Carlos Correa.

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29. Javier Baez committed to play college baseball at Jacksonville University.

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