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Roberto Petagine

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Japan 6, Mariners (ss) 5 - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
sports.yahoo.com, 8 Mar 2006 [cached]
In the ninth, former Boston and Japanese League first baseman Roberto Petagine hit a three-run home run well beyond the right-center field fence for Seattle.
Boston Red Sox Nation: February 2005
bostondirtdogs.boston.com, 1 Feb 2005 [cached]
Roberto Petagine
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"Roberto Petagine, a 33-year-old Venezuelan, first came to the Japanese Pro Baseball League in 1999 with Yakult Swallows, and hit 44 HRs, winning the home run title.Hideki Matsui finished second with 42 HRs that year.
"Petagine was a major force who brought Yakult Swallows to their Japan Series title in 2001, along with then ace Kazuhisa Ishii (who now plays for LA Dodgers) and then closer Shingo Takatsu (now with Chicago White Sox).
Redleg Trade Review: Who’s on First–Casey, Konerko, Perez, Petagine or Young? | Redleg Nation
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Redleg Trade Review: Who's on First-Casey, Konerko, Perez, Petagine or Young?
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February 5, 1998: Roberto Petagine is traded by the New York Mets to the Cincinnati Reds for Yuri Sanchez (minors).
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December 2, 1998: Roberto Petagine is purchased by Yakult Swallows (Japan Central) from the Cincinnati Reds.
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In Februrary, Bowden decided to take a flyer on Roberto Petagine, a Mets minor league first baseman who had twice been named MVP for different minor leagues (1993 for AA Texas League and 1997 AAA International League, the link here is biographical, not statistical information).
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Petagine was coming off a AAA season where he hit .317 with 31 homers and 100 rbi, and had a .431 OBP and an OPS of 1035. However, Petagine had not hit at the big league level, batting .216 over parts of four seasons and 291 plate appearances. A favorite of the new found voice of the "sabermetric" community, statistical analysts felt that Petagine just needed more of an oppotunity, while many scouts had considered him a "AAAA" player, one who would feast on minor league pitching but could not succeed at the major league level. He was sent to AAA Indianapolis to start the year.
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Petagine was recalled in October, but the career first baseman spent most of his time in RF as the Reds had committed themselves to Casey at 1b.
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Petagine had had another fantastic AAA season and was again named the International League MVP, this time batting .331 with 24 homers, 109 rbi, a .436 OBP, a .631 SLP, and an OPS of 1.053. With the Reds, Petagine got 79 plate appearances, batting .258 with 3 homers and 16 walks giving him a .405 OBP and an OPS of 873. He was sold to the Japanese Central League Yakult Swallows.
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Roberto Petagine went to Japan and became of their biggest stars. He won three Gold Gloves for his fielding prowess at 1b, won two home run titles, and yet another MVP award. In 2003-04, Petagine was Japan's highest paid player and was acquired by the Yomiuri Giants to take the place of Hideki Matsui who had signed with the New York Yankees.
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As for Petagine, he hit .317 with 223 home runs and 594 rbi in 756 games.
Petagine made one more attempt to play in the United States. Before the 2005 season, he left his status in Japan to sign a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. He underwent knee surgery in spring training and missed the opening of the season. He again tore up the International League, batting .327 with 20 home runs and 69 rbi in 74 games and a 1.088 OPS before being recalled in August by the Red Sox. He batted .281 with one homer and nine rbi in 36 plate appearances. Released by the Red Sox, he signed with the Seattle Mariners, but only hit .185 in 32 plate appearances before being released, his final major league average being .227 with 12 homers, and a .345 OBP in 438 plate appearances. He played 38 games in the Mexican League in 2008 and batted .372. a .488 OBP, .605 SLP, and a 1.092 OPS.
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Casey, Young, and Petagine were all line drive hitters, Konerko is more of the traditional slugger.
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Petagine cost the Reds a minor leaguer to acquire and they sold him for a substantial amount of cash.
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Tags: Aaron Boone, Chris Stynes, Dan Driessen, Dave Burba, Dave Williams, Dennys Reyes, Dmitri Young, Eduardo Perez, Hal Morris, Jack McKeon, Jeff Brantley, Jeff Shaw, Jim Bowden, Joey Votto, Jon Nunnally, Juan Encarnacion, Ken Griffey Jr., Luis Pineda, Mike Cameron, Nick Esasky, Paul Konerko, Pete Rose, Pokey Reese, Reggie Sanders, Roberto Petagine, Ron Gant, Russell Branyan, Sean Casey, Todd Benzinger, Tony Perez, Will Pennyfeather, Willie Greene, Yuri Sanchez | 19 comments
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19 comments to Redleg Trade Review: Who's on First-Casey, Konerko, Perez, Petagine or Young?
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I also said that Petagine was better than Casey, too.
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Petagine was better in the field.
Eyewitness News Memphis - Red Sox place Olerud on disabled list
www.upn30memphis.com, 4 Aug 2005 [cached]
In a related move, Boston purchased the contract of first baseman Roberto Petagine from the club's Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket.To make room for Petagine on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated lefthander Chris Narveson for assignment.
Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Cleanup hitter may play Friday night after collision
sports.yahoo.com, 4 Aug 2005 [cached]
First baseman Roberto Petagine, called up Thursday from Triple-A Pawtucket, was in Ramirez's cleanup spot and went 0-for-3 with a walk.Petagine, second in the International League with a .327 batting average, took the place on the 25-man roster of first baseman John Olerud, who went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left hamstring.
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Left-hander Chris Narveson was designated for assignment to make room for Petagine on the 40-man roster.
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Olerud's injury left a roster vacancy for Petagine.
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Petagine, 34, signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Feb. 8 after playing six years in Japan.He was sidelined early in camp by a torn meniscus in his left knee and underwent surgery March 15.
At Pawtucket, Petagine had 20 homers and 69 RBIs in 74 games.He leads the International League in on-base and slugging percentage.
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