Born: January 31, 1958|
La Romana, Dominican Republic
|April 5, 1983 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
Last MLB appearance
|April 23, 1990 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||156|
Career highlights and awards
Rafael Francisco Santana de la Cruz (born January 31, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who won a World Series ring with the 1986 New York Mets. He currently serves as the Dominican Republic scouting and player development supervisor for the Chicago White Sox.
St. Louis Cardinals
Originally signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in
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Santana made the Cardinals out of spring training in
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New York, New York
Santana was released by the Cardinals on January 17,
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Oquendo was traded with Mark J. Davis to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ángel Salazar and John Young during the offseason, making Santana the regular Mets shortstop for
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In January 1990, Santana signed with the Cleveland Indians, where he played 7 games and was reunited with 1986 Mets teammates Keith Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, and Stan Jefferson. After being released on April 25 of that year, he retired from the big leagues at the age of 32.
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After this, Santana worked three seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization, overseeing the Red Sox Dominican program in
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He is a member of the Mets Alumni Association and along with past Mets players, still makes personal appearances on behalf of the team. On August 19, 2006, Santana attended a 20th Anniversary Reunion of the 1986 Mets World Series Championship Team at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, which took place prior to that night's game between the Mets and the Colorado Rockies.
Santana and his wife, Gloria, live in Cape Coral, Florida, and have three children: Audry, Alexander, and Dhayan. Alexander is a third baseman who attended Mariner High School in the Cape and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
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- "Sox name third and first base coaches". Retrieved 2002-11-20.
- "Rafael Santana to make managerial debut with Warthogs". Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- "'86 Mets reunite at Shea". Retrieved 2006-08-20.
- Abramson, Mitch (October 3, 2009). "Shortstop Rafael Santana a quiet and pivotal piece of 1986 Mets". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)