16 Facts About Mike Rabelo


Michael Gregory Rabelo was born on January 17,1980 and is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played with the Detroit Tigers and Florida Marlins from 2006 to 2008.

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Mike Rabelo is currently the Third Base Coach and Major League Field Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Mike Rabelo did not sign instead choosing to play collegiate baseball for the University of Tampa Spartans.

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Mike Rabelo began his career with the Single-A Oneonta Tigers of the New York–Penn League, where he was named an all star at catcher.

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Mike Rabelo later played for the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps in 2002 and 2003; the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2004; the Double-A Erie SeaWolves in 2004,2005, and 2006; and the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens to finish out the 2006 season.

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Mike Rabelo was added to the Tigers 40-man roster in September 2006, and made his debut the same month.

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Mike Rabelo began the 2007 season third on the Tigers catching depth chart behind established veterans Ivan Rodriguez and backup Vance Wilson.

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Mike Rabelo hit his first major league home run on September 30,2007, the last game of the season off Mike MacDougal of the Chicago White Sox.

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On January 14,2010, Mike Rabelo signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers with an invite to spring training.

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Mike Rabelo was optioned to the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League, where he was the second string catcher behind Robinzon Diaz.

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Mike Rabelo was the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Tigers and the Short season A Connecticut Tigers.

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Mike Rabelo was hired as manager of the Connecticut Tigers for the 2014 season.

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On October 20,2016, Mike Rabelo was promoted to the West Michigan Whitecaps managerial position.

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On November 7,2017, Mike Rabelo was promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers managerial positsion for the 2018 season.

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In January 2020 Mike Rabelo was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates as their Major League assistant hitting coach and in January 2021 he was named as their Major League Field Coordinator.

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In November 2021 the Pirates announced that Mike Rabelo would be their third base coach in addition to his field coordinator duties.

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