- José Vidal
Infobox MLB retired
birthdate=birth date and age|1940|4|3
Batey Lechuga, Dominican Republic
Runs batted in
*Seattle Pilots (1969)
California LeagueMVP, by|1963
José (Nicolas) Vidal (born
April 3, 1940in Batey Lechuga, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He was signed by the San Francisco Giantsas an amateur free agent before the 1958 season, and played for the Cleveland Indians(1966-1968) and Seattle Pilots(1969).
Vidal was a very good
minor leaguehitter, but a poor fielder. He led his league three times in errors by an outfielder (1959, 1965, and 1966). Playing for the Hobbs Pirates of the Sophomore League in 1960, he hit .342 with 17 home runsand 81 runs batted infrom just 93 games. In 1963, Vidal won the California LeagueTriple Crown while playing for the Reno Silver Sox. He had a batting averageof .340 with 40 HR and 162 RBI in 139 games and was named the league's Most Valuable Player. He was called up to the Indians in September 1966 after hitting .293 for the Portland Beaversof the Pacific Coast League.
He made his
major league debutas a pinch hitteron September 5, 1966 against the Boston Red Soxat Cleveland Stadium. Batting for pitcher Tom Kelleyin the bottom of the 6th inningagainst Lee Stange, he flew out to right fielder Tony Conigliaro. The Tribe lost that game, the first of a doubleheader, 5-1, but won the nightcap by a score of 3-1. His first major league hit came 12 days later, in his first appearance in the starting lineup, with a 2-run triple against Mickey Lolichat Tiger Stadium.
During his four stints in the big leagues Vidal never got untracked at the plate, with successive averages of .188, .118, .167, and .192. He made 53 appearances in the outfield, 35 of which were starts, and, ironically, was charged with just one error in 65
total chances. On May 19, 1969 he was traded by the Seattle Pilots to the New York Yankees, and never again appeared in a big league game.
His career totals for 88 games include a .164
batting average(24-for-146), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 20 runs scored, a .261 on base percentage, and a .260 slugging percentage.
Career highlights include:
walk-off home runagainst Jack Fisherof the Chicago White Soxin the bottom of the 14th inning (June 3, 1968)
*Vidal's first and last big league hits were both triples.
*His home run on June 3, 1968 earned teammate
Hal Kurtzhis first and only major league win.
*His nickname is "Papito."
*1968 Baseball Register published by
The Sporting News
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