- Ricky Gutiérrez
Infobox MLB retired
birthdate=birth date and age|1970|05|23
San Diego Padres
Boston Red Sox
stat3label=Runs batted in
San Diego Padres(by|1993-by|1994)
New York Mets(by|2004)
Boston Red Sox(by|2004)
World Serieschampion: 2004
Ricardo "Ricky" Gutiérrez (born
May 23, 1970in Miami, Florida) is a former shortstopin Major League Baseballwho played from by|1993 through by|2004 for the San Diego Padres(1993-by|1994), Houston Astros(by|1995-by|1999), Chicago Cubs(by|2000-by|2001), Cleveland Indians(by|2003), New York Mets(by|2004) and Boston Red Sox(2004). He batted and threw right-handed. He was also the only Houston Astrosbatter to reach base in Kerry Wood's amazing 20-strikeout game.
Listed at 6'1", 195 pounds, Gutiérrez started his career at shortstop and became a valuable utility later in his career. In the field, he had decent range and an above-average arm. He was a sharp line-drive hitter, and spent most of his career in the
His most productive season came in 2001 with the Cubs, when he posted career-highs in
batting average(.290), RBI (66), runs (76), hits (153) and games played(147). He finished the year leading the National Leaguein sacrifice hits (17). He also had the fourth most sacrifice flies in the league (11), and was tenth in singles (117).
Boston Red Sox
July 21, 2004, the Boston Red Soxacquired Gutiérrez from the Chicago Cubsfor a player to be named later or cash considerations. Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein lauded Gutiérrez as "a veteran with a tremendous makeup ... he'll fit in well as a utility guy for us."
Gutiérrez exceeded Theo Epstein's expectations. He wore number 16, the same number as other Red Sox heroes such as Hank Johnson,
Dave Sax, and Bob Zupcic. His greatest offensive performance came on August 28, 2004versus the Detroit Tigers. Gutiérrez, who filled in at second base while Mark Bellhorntook over at third for Bill Mueller, went 3 for 4 with a two-run single with the bases loadedin the fifth inning. Teammate Alan Embreewas in awe: "He's been sitting a long time, to come off the bench and contribute like he did tonight was incredible."
After winning the
World Series, Gutiérrez carried an industrial-sized broom to remind victory parade goers of the final tally (a 4-0 "sweep" of the St. Louis Cardinals).
While with the Red Sox, Gutiérrez was a .275 hitter (11-for-40) with 3 RBI in 21 games, including 6 runs, 1 double, 1
stolen base, and a .310 on-base percentage. The Red Sox were 14-7 in games in which Gutiérrez appeared, a blistering .667 winning percentage down the stretch, ensuring the team's American League Wild Card title.
In an 11-season career, Gutiérrez was a .268 hitter (967-for-3632) with 38
home runs and 357 RBI in 1074 games, including 463 runs, 138 doubles, 25 triples, 49 stolen bases, and a.338 on-base percentage.
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/gutieri01.shtml Baseball Reference]
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/gl.cgi?n1=gutieri01&t=b 2004 Gutierrez Gamelogs]
* [http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/team/transactions.jsp?c_id=bos&year=2004&month=7 Red Sox Team Transactions]
* [http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/07/22/gutierrez_acquired_after_reese_lands_on_dl/ Gutiérrez Acquired From Cubs]
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