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Rafael Santana

Rafael Santana
Born: (1958-01-31) January 31, 1958 (age 58)
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 1983 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
April 23, 1990 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average .246
Home runs 13
Runs batted in 156
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Career highlights and awards
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Santana and the second or maternal family name is de la Cruz.

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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During the

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After the

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Cleveland Indians

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.

Coaching career

After his playing career, Santana made a seamless foray into coaching. He started by managing Azucareros del Este of the Dominican Winter League from

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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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Personal life

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.[4]

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[5] and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft.


  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 7, St. Louis Cardinals 1". 1983-04-05. 
  2. ^ "Sox name third and first base coaches". Retrieved 2002-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Rafael Santana to make managerial debut with Warthogs". Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  4. ^ "'86 Mets reunite at Shea". Retrieved 2006-08-20. 
  5. ^ Abramson, Mitch (October 3, 2009). "Shortstop Rafael Santana a quiet and pivotal piece of 1986 Mets". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

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