43 Facts About Yonder Alonso


Yonder Alonso was born on April 8,1987 and is a Cuban former professional baseball first baseman and current MLB Network analyst.

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Yonder Alonso was born in Havana, Cuba on April 8,1987, to parents Luis and Damarys.

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Yonder Alonso's father played and coached for Industriales of the Cuban National Series, and taught Alonso to play as well.

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The family defected from Cuba in 1996 and settled in Miami, where Alonso played on a Little League team funded by Jose Canseco.

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Yonder Alonso attended Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida, and was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft.

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Yonder Alonso did not sign, choosing instead to attend college at the University of Miami.

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Yonder Alonso attended the University of Miami, where he played three seasons for the Hurricanes.

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Yonder Alonso led the team to the College World Series as a freshman, with a team leading 69 RBIs.

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Yonder Alonso's sister attended the same school and was a member of the cheerleading squad.

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Yonder Alonso played in the Valley Baseball League, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 2007.

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Yonder Alonso was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame at its 50th annual induction in April 2018.

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In 2008, Yonder Alonso was drafted for the second time with the seventh overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds.

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Yonder Alonso signed a major-league contract with the Reds worth $4.

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Yonder Alonso made his Minor League debut on August 26,2008 for the Class A Sarasota Reds against the Clearwater Threshers.

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Yonder Alonso entered the 2009 season ranked as the number one overall prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America.

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Yonder Alonso started the season with Sarasota, played 49 games, and hit.

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Yonder Alonso played for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League in 2009,.

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Yonder Alonso started 2010 in Carolina playing left field, as he was blocked at first base in Cincinnati by Joey Votto.

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Yonder Alonso made his major league debut that day, pinch hitting for Brandon Phillips.

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On September 4,2010, in his second at bat as a pinch hitter, Yonder Alonso doubled off St Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike MacDougal for his first major league hit, and scored his first major league run that inning.

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Yonder Alonso began the 2011 season at Triple-A, playing the majority of his games in left field and batting.

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On July 26,2011, Yonder Alonso was recalled to the Cincinnati Reds after they traded Johnny Gomes.

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Yonder Alonso served mostly as a pinch hitter, picking up 98 plate appearances over 47 games and batting.

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Yonder Alonso made 14 starts in left field and one each at first and third base.

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Yonder Alonso was projected as a left fielder for the Reds in 2012, although he struggled defensively at the position during 2011.

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Yonder Alonso was projected to start at first base ahead of Anthony Rizzo, who was eventually traded.

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Yonder Alonso came into 2012 still classified as a rookie with only 117 career at-bats.

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Yonder Alonso set a Padres franchise record with 39 doubles as a rookie, breaking the old rookie mark of 33 by Benito Santiago in 1987.

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Yonder Alonso had 10 multi-double games, the most in the major leagues since 2006.

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Yonder Alonso committed 12 errors at first base, tying for the league lead.

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On June 19,2014, Yonder Alonso was placed on the 15-day DL with right hand tendinitis.

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In 2015, Yonder Alonso would spend time on the 15-day DL but would be activated on June 2.

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On January 13,2016, the A's and Yonder Alonso announced that they had agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.

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Yonder Alonso avoided salary arbitration with the Athletics for a second consecutive season, by agreeing to a $4 million contract for the 2017 season on December 3,2016.

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On December 20,2017, Yonder Alonso signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians worth $16 million.

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Yonder Alonso had the lowest fielding percentage among major league first basemen, at.

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On December 15,2018, Yonder Alonso was traded to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league outfielder Alex Call.

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On July 11,2019, Yonder Alonso signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.

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Yonder Alonso was mainly used as a pinch hitter for the Rockies, hitting.

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On February 14,2020, Yonder Alonso signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.

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Yonder Alonso was later outrighted off of the roster before the season began.

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Yonder Alonso announced his retirement via Instagram on November 20,2020.

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