32 Facts About Yasmani Grandal


Yasmani Grandal was born on November 8,1988 and is a Cuban-American professional baseball catcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball.

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Yasmani Grandal previously played in MLB for the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers.

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Yasmani Grandal emigrated to the United States with his mother, step-father, and maternal grandparents at age 10, through the lottery system.

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Yasmani Grandal attended Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida, where Baseball America ranked him as the 19th best high school baseball player in 2007.

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Yasmani Grandal was rated as one of the top defensive catchers heading into the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, but there were some questions about his hitting ability.

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Yasmani Grandal was drafted in the 27th round by the Boston Red Sox but he did not think they made him an acceptable offer so he chose not to sign with them.

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Yasmani Grandal attended the University of Miami, where he played college baseball for the Miami Hurricanes.

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Yasmani Grandal was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and finished second for the Golden Spikes Award behind Bryce Harper.

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Yasmani Grandal was named to the 2010 NCBWA Division I All-America Team.

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Yasmani Grandal was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2020 at its 52nd Induction Banquet on November 16,2021.

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Yasmani Grandal made his professional baseball debut for the Arizona League Reds in 2010.

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Yasmani Grandal played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League after the 2011 season.

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Yasmani Grandal was the third catcher on the Padres' 40-man roster at the time, behind Nick Hundley and John Baker on the depth chart.

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Yasmani Grandal started the 2012 season with the Triple-A Tucson Padres.

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Yasmani Grandal made his major league debut on June 2,2012, entering as a defensive replacement and flying out in his only at-bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Yasmani Grandal was reassigned to Tucson the next day and was selected to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.

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Yasmani Grandal was the second Padre to have a pair of round-trippers in his first career start since Keith Lockhart achieved it in 1994, and the fourth in team history to do it from each side of the plate in a single contest.

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Yasmani Grandal later became the seventh player to hit three home runs for his first three hits in the majors since 1900.

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Yasmani Grandal did not appeal the suspension and served his suspension at the beginning of the 2013 season.

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Yasmani Grandal finished with career highs in every offensive category.

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On May 7,2015 Yasmani Grandal hit two three-run homers and recorded a career high eight RBIs in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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On June 21, Yasmani Grandal became the first Dodgers catcher with two home runs and a bunt single in one game since Roy Campanella on August 30,1955.

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Yasmani Grandal was selected to the National League roster for the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his first All-Star selection.

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Yasmani Grandal spent the second half of the season battling shoulder inflammation that negatively affected his performance.

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Yasmani Grandal had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder at the conclusion of the season and signed a one-year, $2.

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Yasmani Grandal was the third catcher in history with five hits in a three-homer game and the third Dodger catcher to ever have three homers in a game.

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Yasmani Grandal hit two home runs against the Padres on April 3,2017, one from each side of the plate.

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Yasmani Grandal had a total of eight at-bats in the playoffs, with no hits, but he did walk three times.

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Yasmani Grandal signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on January 14,2019, worth $18.

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On November 1,2019, Yasmani Grandal declined his half of the option and became a free agent.

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On July 24,2020, Yasmani Grandal was the starting catcher, making his White Sox debut on Opening Day against the Minnesota Twins.

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On July 5,2021, Yasmani Grandal collapsed after a check swing, experiencing pain in his left knee, and left the game.

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