Attended Instituto Los Alpes High School in Barranquilla, Colombia...his brother, Edinson, was an infielder in the Astros and Marlins organizations (1985-94), while another brother, Evert, played in the Braves organization for 1 season (1995)...his family runs Team Renteria, a baseball academy for youths based in their hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia...they also operate a 4-team winter league...in November 1997, following his dramatic World Series-ending hit for the Marlins off Cle's Charles Nagy, received the San Carlos Cross of the Order of the Great Knight from President Ernesto Samper at La Casa de Narino presidential palace...
is his country's highest honor...in voting of Colombia's most outstanding public figures was named 1997 Man of the Year by El Espectador newspaper...in 2002 was named that publication's Sportsman of the Year.
In his first season with the Reds, made 71 starts, all at SS...missed time with a stiff back (6gs, 6/3-6/8), cramps in both calves (2gs, 7/21-7/22) and a strained left groin (6gs, 8/17-8/23)...in 18 apps in September, hit .306 (19-62, 1hr, 7rbi), raising his overall BA from .236 to .251...finished the season with a 4-game hitting streak (4-15, .267, 1 2b, 1rbi)...produced 2 of the Reds' 10 walkoff hits, in the 10th inning of the 4-3 win on 4/30 vs Fla, pinch-hit and singled off Mike Dunn and in the 13th inning of the 4-3 win on 7/29 vs SF singled off Brian Wilson...on 7/3 vs Cle hit his first homer of hte season (off Josh Judy) for his 900th career RBI...his grand slam in the 5-1 win on 8/2 at Hou (off Wandy Rodriguez) was the ninth of his career, third-most among active shortstops (Miguel Tejada 11, Alex Rodriguez 10)...in pregame ceremonies on 6/9 at SF received his 2010 World Series ring...in the second inning on 7/24 vs Atl recorded his 8,000th career at-bat...on 8/7 at Chi homered on his birthday for the first time (off Randy Wells)...in his career has made 2,114 apps at SS, 4 apps at 2B and 1 appearance at 1B (5/31/01 for Stl vs Mil)...made all 4 of his career apps at 2B this season (4/6 vs Hou, 4/16 vs Pit, 4/18 vs Pit, 7/5 at Stl).
For the Giants was the Most Valuable Player of the World Series (.412, 2hr, 6rbi)...with 2
outs in the seventh inning of the clinching Game 5 at Tex snapped the scoreless tie with a 3-run HR off Cliff
Lee (3-1 Giants win)...during the regular season missed 53g during stints on the disabled list with a strained
right groin (5/7-5/21), strained right hamstring (5/26-6/15) and a strained left biceps (8/11-8/31)...made his
14th Opening Day roster...made 62 starts at SS...began the season 11-for-16, tying the club's modern record
for hits in the team's first first 4g (Ty Tyson, 1927)...late in the season was bothered by a sore elbow and
appeared in just 1 of the Giants' last 14 regular season games...made 2 apps in the National League Division
Series and 4 apps in the NL Championship Series before winning the World Series MVP...following the season
became a free agent after the Giants declined to exercise their 2011
contract option...in January was signed by the Reds to a 1-year contract
through the 2011 season.
In his 1st season in Giants uniform hit .250 (115-for-460) with 19 2Bs, 3B, 5 HRs and 48 RBI in 124 games...although he posted career-lows in avg., runs (50) and hits, was playing with soreness in both shoulders for months and continued to battle right elbow that required off-season surgery to remove bone spurs...his 5 home runs were his lowest total since hitting 3 in 1998 and marked just 5th time in his 14-year career to post single digits in HRs...his 48 RBI was his lowest total since 1998 (31) and his .250 avg. was 3rd-lowest among NL shortstops in 2009...started 121 of 162 games at shortstop and committed 14 errors in 474 total chances (.970 fielding pct.)...hit .277 (31-for-112) with runners in scoring position, 4th-best mark on club, behind Randy Winn (.319), Pablo Sandoval (.301) and Travis Ishikawa (.286)...collected 28 RBI with RISP and 2 outs, tied for 15th-most in NL...went 4-for-7 (.571) with pair of grand slams and 18 RBI with bases loaded...his 18 RBI with bases full were tied for 11th-most in NL... most of his offensive production came late in batting order, as he combined for .354 clip (29-for-82) in 7th-8th spots in lineup, compared to .228 mark (86-for-378) in slots 2, 5 and 6...began campaign on slow note, hitting just .200 (8-for-40) with 1 RBI in his 1st 11 games, however, went 3-for-4, including hitting his 7th career grand slam off San Diego's Jake Peavy on April 21...finished night by tying his career-high with 5 RBI (8th time)...homered again two days later, however did not go deep again until late August...posted season-high 4 hits April 29 vs. Los Angeles-NL, finishing 4-for-5 with 2B and 2 RBI...struggled after that 4-hit game, going just 24-for-107 (.224) with 12 RBI over his next 27 games from May 1-June 7...his season avg. fell 22 points during that span from .261-.235...missed 6 games from May 15-21 after straining his right hamstring in May 14 contest vs. New York-NL...was legging out 8th inning single while driving in game-tying run when injury occurred...came back and started all 3 games at Seattle, but went just 1-for-12 at plate...reached base safely via hit or walk in 20-consecutive games May 8-June 6, although hit just .250 during that span...heated up in mid-June, hitting .341 (29-for-85) with 14 RBI in 22 games from June 8-July 3...however, struggled at plate over his next 28 contests, batting just .181 (17-for-94) with 2 RBI...went season-high 16-straight games without an RBI from July 27-Aug. 15...snapped 342 at-bat drought and 91-game drought without home run when he hit 2-run shot to right field off Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez in SF's 4-2 loss Aug. 23 in Denver...had one of Giants' biggest hits of year, hitting grand slam on Aug. 30 vs. Colorado, giving SF 6-5 lead in 7th inning...slam came off Rafael Betancourt, his 2nd career slam off him...tied his career-high with 5 RBI that day and helped Giants complete 3-game sweep of Rockies to move them into tie in NL Wild Card race...sat out 3 games from Sept. 13-15 with sprained AC joint and biceps tendonitis in his left shoulder...finished season hitless in 17 at-bats from Sept. 8-16...was troubled by loose bodies in his right elbow for much of year, and also missed 19 of final 20 games with sprained AC joint and biceps tendonitis in his left shoulder...underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Sept. 26 to remove bone chips and spurs in his throwing elbow and missed final week of season...team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki performed procedure in San Francisco.
Batted .270 in his 1st season with Tigers, marking his lowest batting avg. since
he hit .260 with St. Louis Cardinals during 2001 season...hit safely in 15 of 16 games April 11-26,
batting .387 (24-for-62) with 3 2Bs, 3 HRs and 12 RBI...belted his 5th career grand slam April 16
at Cleveland and equaled career high with 5 RBI in game...collected season-high 4 hits April 22
vs. Texas and matched that high with 4 hits May 20 vs. Seattle and Aug. 17 vs. Baltimore...tied
for 3rd in AL with 33 hits during April, batting .314 (33-for-105) with 5 2Bs, 3 HRs and 16 RBI
in 27 games during month...matched career high with his 2nd 5-RBI game of season May 20 vs.
Seattle...connected for his 6th career grand slam June 7 vs. Cleveland, marking his 2nd grand slam
of season, tying him for 2nd in AL...collected 2,000th hit of his career June 17 at San Francisco,
an infield single in 6th inning off Jonathan Sanchez...hit .419 (18-for-43) over 12-game stretch
Aug. 5-17...batted .305 (18-for-59) in 18 games during Sept...led AL with .366 avg. (45-for-123)
against left-handed pitchers...batted .328 (80-for-244) in 67 games at Comerica Park, 8th-highest
home avg. in AL.
The veteran shortstop hit a career-best .332 in 124 games, his fewest since his rookie year in 1996, due
to a sprained right ankle that bothered him the second half of the season...Was T3rd in the NL with a .332 batting avg., 3rd with a .336 road avg., 4th with a .365 day avg., 6th with
a .323 avg. vs. RHP, 9th with a .318 night avg. and 10th with a .331 RISP avg...Was one of four Major League shortstops and two NL shortstops to have a .300 batting average with 10+
home runs and 50+ RBIs (FLA's H. Ramirez, NYY's D. Jeter and BAL's Miguel Tejada)...Finished tied for second on the team with 46 multi-hit games, including 19 of them with 3+ hits...Hit .349 with 5 HR and 23 RBI off LHP and .323 with 7 HR and 34 RBI off RHP...Hit .328 with 5 HR and 28 RBI at Turner Field and .336 with 7 HR and 29 RBI on the road...Hit .331 with RISP and .333 in "close and late" situations...Batting averages by month: April .323, May .323, June .320, July .365, August .286 and September .310...Had solid marks against NL East rivals WSH (.368-2-8) and PHI (.362-3-9)...Came off the DL on 9/7 after missing 30 total games from 8/3-21 (17 games) and 8/23-9/5 (13 games) w/
a sprained right ankle. Was activated on 8/22 at CIN & had to leave in 1st inning AB after reaggravating
the injury...First half: .319 avg., 10 HR, 45 RBI, 107 H (team high), 22 2B (team high). After the break, he hit .358 with
2 HR and 12 RBI, but in just 39 games...Matched his career-high with five hits (5-for-5), including a homer, 6/16 at CLE. It was his third five-hit
game, the last coming 8/8/04 at NYM...Went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and 4 RBI on 6/9 vs. CHI...Went 4-for-5 on 5/30 at MIL - his 21st career game with 4+ hits (2nd in '07)...Was ejected by home plate umpire Paul Emmel on 5/25 vs. PHI...Went 3-for-5 w/2 HRs 5/15 at WSH (7th career multi-HR game, 2nd in '07)...Had an 18-game hitting streak (longest by a Brave in 2007) from 4/20-5/12 (29-for-83, .349)...Went 4-for-5 on 4/27 at COL - his 20th career game with 4+ hits...Had a 10-game hitting streak (dating back to 9/23/06) snapped 4/6 vs. NYM. Went 16-for-41 (.390) with 4
HRs during the streak...On 4/2 at PHI, went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the 8th and a game-winning two-run shot in the 10th...Became just the third Atlanta Brave to hit two homers on Opening Day (Joe Torre in 1966 and Fred McGriff
in 1995)...Edgar was traded to the Tigers on 10/28 in exchange for RHP Jair Jurrjens and OF Gorkys Hernandez.
Was named to his fifth career All-Star team (1998, 2000, '03, '04)...Hit safely in 119 of 149 games and reached base safely in 130 games...Hit .333 (44-for-132) vs. LHP and .281 (131-for-466) vs. RHP...Hit .348 in day games, ninth in the NL...Batted .818 (9-for-11) with 17 RBI with the bases loaded...Had career-high 24-game hitting streak (23 games in 2006, one in 2005) snapped 5/10 at FLA. The 23-game streak in 2006 was the second-longest in the majors and is the longest to open a season since DET's Ron LeFlore hit in 30 straight to open 1976...Set his season-high with four RBI on 9/26 vs. the Mets...Equaled his career high (fourth time) with four strikeouts on 9/8 vs. CHI...Stretched his hitless streak to a career-high-tying 24 at-bats before collecting hits in his last three at-bats on 8/17 at WSH. His previous 0-for-24 streak was 9/7-15/04...Had 15-game hitting streak snapped on 7/15 (25-for-65, .385, 1 HR)...His third-inning home run on 7/3 vs. STL was his 100th career homer...Went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI, including 2 HR, 5/28 at CHI. It was Edgar's 5th career multi-homer game and first since 4/13/03...In April, he hit .365 (23-for-63) ad hit .374 in July (37-for-99)...Returned to action on 4/28 after missing nine games with a strained left rib cage, suffered 4/15 vs. SD...Collected his 1,600th career hit 4/5 at LAD...Went 2-for-5 in his Braves debut 4/3 at LA, hitting a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning.
Had a roller-coaster season with Boston, hitting .228 in April, .354 in May, .251 in June-July, .342 in
August and .224 in September-October...Among Major League shortstops, tied for fourth in runs scored and
doubles, and tied for sixth in RBI...With 153 games played, Renteria topped 150 for the 7th time in his 10-year big league career...Was charged with a career-high 30 errors, the most by any player in the
majors...Batted .326 with off LHP and .253 off RHP...After three consecutive three-hit games, 5/26 at Toronto
and 5/27-28 at New York (AL), Edgar went 4-for-5 with a homer, RBI and three runs 5/29 at Yankee Stadium
to finish a six-game trip 16-for-24 (.667)...In the process, he lifted his average to a season-high .295 from
.239...Renteria was 10-for-12 (.833) with two homers, six RBI and five runs scored in the three-game set in
New York (5/27-29)...The last streak in the majors of consecutive games with three hits or more that was
longer was George Brett's Major-League record six-gamer, 5/8-13/76...Hit his first home run as a Red Sox on
4/14 at Fenway, two-run shot off the Yankees' Randy Johnson...Snapped a 4-4 tie with an RBI double in the
top of the ninth, giving the Sox a 5-4 win 6/22 at Cleveland....Missed three games after being hit by a pitch
on the right index finger while attempting to bunt 5/5 at Detroit....Hit his fourth career grand slam, first with the
Red Sox, in a 17-1 win 5/28 at New York (AL). Finished the day 3-for-3 with the slam off Paul Quantrill and 5 RBI (matched his career high)...Collected 40 hits in August, one shy of the major league lead. The 40 hits
were his most in a month in his big league career high...Singled home two runs against B.J. Ryan to snap a
2-2 tie with one out in the top of the 9th, helping the Sox to a 4-3 win over the Orioles 9/24 in Baltimore.
Helped the Cardinals to the N.L. pennant in his 6th and final season in St.
Louis, batting .287 with 37 doubles, 10 homers, 72 RBI, 17 steals and 84 runs in 149
games...for the 2nd straight season, was voted by fans to start at shortstop in the All-
Star Game, his 4th overall All-Star appearance (was a reserve in 1998 and 2000)...posted
his 3rd straight season with at least 36 doubles...played in at least 149 games for the
6th time in his last 8 campaigns...made his 6th straight Opening Day start, the longest
streak by a Cardinal since Ozzie Smith's run of 14 season-opening starts in a row from
1982-95...after starting the season with a .257 average (56-for-218), 4 homers and 26
RBI in his first 56 games through June 10, batted .304 (112-for-368) with 6 homers and
46 RBI in 93 games the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: His .366 (48-for-131) average vs. lefthanders ranked 3rd in the
N.L. behind teammates Albert Pujols (.379) and Scott Rolen (.371)...hit .264 (120-for-
455) vs. righties...hit .378 (17-for-45) in 11 games in interleague play vs. the American
League...batted out of the No. 2 spot in the order 53 times, the No. 4 spot once, the No.
5 spot 24 times, the No. 6 spot 67 times and the No. 7 hole three times...hit better than
.300 in 3 straight months with a .333 (33-for-99) average in June, a .302 (29-for-96)
mark in July and a .315 (35-for-111) average in August...tied for 3rd in the league with
10 sacrifice flies...also tied for 3rd in the league with 11 caught stealings.
MORE 2004 HIGHLIGHTS: Went 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and 2 runs April 10 at
Arizona...notched his 500th RBI April 24 at Milwaukee via a sac fly...hit safely in 9
straight games May 31-June 9 and in 14 of 15 through June 17, batting .305 (18-for-59)
in the 15-game stretch...slugged a grand slam off Chicago's Mark Prior June 9 at Wrigley
Field, the 3rd grand slam of his career...posted a season-best 10-game hitting streak
June 22-July 3, batting .476 (20-for-42)...had a game-winning RBI single to score
Albert Pujols from 3rd in the 10th inning June 26 at Kansas City, an eventual 3-1
win...went 1-for-2 and recorded season highs with both 4 runs scored and 3 walks July 2
vs. Seattle...matched his career high for the 2nd time with 5 hits August 8 vs. New York,
his first 5-hit effort since June 12, 2003 at Fenway Park...twice recorded 4 hits in a
game: April 10 at Arizona and July 15 at Cincinnati...recorded a season-high 5 RBI
August 22 at Pittsburgh...snapped an 0-for-24 skid with a 9th-inning single September
15 vs. Houston...hit safely in 6 straight games from September 20-27, batting .571 (12-
for-21) with 4 multi-hit efforts.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Hit .280 (14-for-50) with 5 doubles and 7 RBI for St. Louis in the
postseason, getting the starting nod at shortstop in all 15 games...hit .455 (5-for-11)
vs. Los Angeles in the NLDS, .182 (4-for-28) vs. Houston in the NLCS and .333 (5-for-
15) vs. the Red Sox in the World Series, just one of 3 Cardinals position players to bat
better than .250 vs. Boston in the 4-game Red Sox sweep.
He hit a career-high .330 and finished fourth in the National League batting race. He also established career bests in hits (194), doubles (47) and RBI (100).
His 100-RBI season is a Cardinals club record for a shortstop.
Claimed his second straight N.L. Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award. Edgar is the only shortstop in Cardinals history to win Silver and Gold in the same season twice in his career.
Made his third career N.L. All-Star squad and was voted in as the starting shortstop for the first time (1,669,026 votes).
He swiped a team-high 34 bases (4th in N.L.) and was the first Cardinal since Delino DeShields (31) in 1997 to have 20 steals before the All-Star break.
Earned his second career N.L. Player of the Week honor (with Cubsb Mark Prior) for the week of 9/15-21. Edgar batted .500 (12-for-24) with seven doubles and 12 RBI for the week.
Arguably the best all-around shortstop in the National League, Edgar had an outstanding season in 2002...He claimed his second career N.L. Silver Slugger Award and won his first N.L. Gold Glove Award. He and Scott Rolen became the first Cardinals to cop both Silver and Gold in the same season since Ozzie Smith did it in 1987...Was voted by his peers as the shortstop on The Sporting News N.L. All-Star team for the second time (2000) and also received two votes in N.L. MVP balloting by the BBWAA...He led all N.L. shortstops in batting average (.305) and in RBI (83)...Edgar's .372 (55-for-148) batting average with runners in scoring position ranked third in the league...Reached double-digits in home runs (11) for the fourth straight season and led the club with 22 stolen bases. His 83 RBI established a career high...Had 82 RBI as a shortstop (one as a pinch hitter), equaling Doc Lavan's 1921 club mark for that position...His .305 average was 45 points higher than 2001, when he hit a career-low .260...Reached the 20-steal plateau for the fifth time in his career...Notched 46 multi-hit games and collected 10 game-winning RBIs...Batted .327 (86-for-263) after the All-Star Break...Led St. Louis and tied for eighth in the N.L. with 30 infield hits. Had eight bunt hits...Hit safely in 18 of his first 25 games of the year...Went 2-for-4 with two RBI on Opening Day (4/1) vs. COL...Had pair of doubles in the Cards' 4/9 win vs. MIL and had a three-hit game on 4/10, delivering the game-tying run in the ninth inning...Hit his first home run of the year on 5/6 at CHI - his first homer since 8/20/01...Went 2-for-4 with a game-winning home run (#2) in the eighth inning on 5/10 at CIN...Had a three-RBI game on 6/1 vs. PIT.
Hit his third home run in a 2-for-3 game on 6/18 vs. ANA and went 2-for-4 with a triple on 6/20...His double (#19) on 6/27 vs. MIL matched his 2001 season total...Hit .404 (38-for-94) in the month of July...Had a four-hit game on 7/16 at LA...Hit a game-winning two-run double in the ninth inning on 7/22 at SF...Collected his 1,000th career hit on 7/26 vs. CHI with a bunt single in the sixth inning off Jon Leiber...His three-run walk-off HR (#5) capped a six-run ninth and lifted the Cards to 10-9 Sunday-night win on 7/28 vs. CHI...Smacked a pair of home runs (#6 & #7) on 7/30 at FLA, giving him three homers in a span of four at-bats...Hit his first career grand slam 8/18 at PHI...Had a career-high five RBI on 9/4 vs. CIN, including his second grand slam...Had the game-winning RBI on 9/13 at HOU, completing a 3-for-4 game in which he had two RBI and a stolen base...Belted his 11th home run 9/18 at COL, matching his career RBI high at 76...2002 POSTSEASON: Struggled in his fourth career postseason appearance, batting a combined .194 (6-for-31) in eight games...went 2-for-4 in Game 1 of the Division Series vs. Arizona and Randy Johnson...also had a 2-for-4 effort in Game 5 of the League Championship Series vs. San Francisco.
Posted another solid year for the Cardinals - his third season in a Redbirds uniform...Reached double-digits in home runs (10) for the third straight season and led the club with 17 stolen bases, but also batted a career-low .260...Batted .327 vs. lefthanded pitchers...Notched 37 multi-hit games and collected six game-winning RBIs. Thirty-three of his 57 RBIs came with two outs...Rebounded from a slow start to post a .283 batting average after the All-Star break, including a .321 mark in August and a .303 tally in September...Hit safely in 42 of his last 58 games (61-for-204; .299), raising his BA from .226 on 7/26 to a season-ending mark of .260...Went 3-for-5 with three runs scored on 4/4 at COL and hit a 432-foot opposite-field homer off Denny Neagle...Hit a three-run home run (#2) off Randy Johnson on 4/8 at ARI...Walked and scored the winning run vs. ARI on a Randy Johnson wild pitch on 4/18...Snapped an 0-for-11 skid with a 2-for-4 game on 5/4 at ATL, including two-run single...His two-run, pinch-hit single drove home the go-ahead run on 5/10 vs. PIT...On 5/17, made his first start since 5/7 and went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. He'd missed the previous eight starts due to a strained left quad muscle...Had the game-winning hit off John Rocker in the ninth inning of a 4-3 win at CLE on 7/8. Went 3-for-5 in the game and 6-for-14 (.429) in the three-game CLE series just before the All-Star break...Matched his career high with four hits on 7/31 vs. ATL and went 7-for-10 in the 7/31-8/2 series...Posted a .545 (12-for-22) batting average during 7/31-8/5 homestand, including three-hit game 8/5 vs. FLA...Had a 10-game hitting streak (13-for-37, .351) 8/8-17. After going hitless in two at-bats on 8/18, came back with three hits on 8/19 vs. PHI.
2001 POSTSEASON - Made his third career postseason appearance and went 4-for-17 (.235) in five games in the Division Series vs. Arizona...homered off Matt Anderson in Game 3.
Put together one of the best all-around seasons by a Cardinals shortstop, establishing career highs for home runs, RBI and runs scored, while also providing stellar play in the field... had pair of doubles and 3 RBI in 9/26 win at SD... finshed the year with a team-high 32 doubles, four shy of his career-high 36 from 1999... stole his team-high 20th base on 9/20 giving him his fourth-straight season with 20 or more stolen bases. He finished with a team-leading 21 steals... hit his career-high 16th HR on 8/29 at FLA and established a Club record for HR by a shortstop (Solly Hemus had 15 in '52)... his career-best 76 RBI were just six shy of the Club record for a shortstop (Doc Laven had 82 in 1921)... finished 2nd on the team in RBI, trailing Jim Edmonds who finished with 108... finished tied with Edmonds for team lead in multi-hit games with 46... his 3-run triple proved to be winning hit on 9/4 vs. MON... had a HR (No. 12) and had a career-best 4 RBI on 7/21 at HOU... made his second All-Star appearance, replacing injured Mark McGwire... had fine game on 6/29 at CIN, going 3-for-5 with HR (No. 10), 2 runs and 2 RBI... went 2-for-3 on 5/18, clubbed 8th HR on 5/17 and had 3 hits 5/16, all at PHI... homered in back-to-back games vs. SF on 5/10 and 5/11 at Pac Bell Park... was 3-for-4 with HR (No. 4), a pair of doubles and 2 runs scored 4/18 vs. Padres... reached base 5 times (3 hits, 2 walks) 4/16  at COL... homered for 3rd straight game 4/11 at HOU and had a career-best 4 RBI.
In his first season with the Cardinals, batted .275 while establishing career highs of 11 home runs and 63 RBI... led the Club in games played (154), at-bats (585), hits (161), doubles (36), sacrifice flies (7) and stolen bases (37)... tied for seventh in the National League in stolen bases... paced the Cardinals with 45 multi-hit games and ranked fifth on the Club with five game-winning RBI... came through in the clutch, batting .304 with runners in scoring position... the right-handed hitter posted a higher batting average vs. right-handed pitchers (.283) than vs. left-handers (.250)... Nine of his 11 home runs came off righties... batted .300 with five home runs and 40 RBI before the All-Star break and .248 with six homers and 23 RBI after the break... committed a career-high 26 errors; his .959 fielding percentage was the lowest of his four-year career... batted leadoff a Club-high 46 times; also led the Club by batting in the second spot 53 times... hit two of the Club's five leadoff home runs... victimized his former Marlins teammates with a .423 batting average (11-for-26), three home runs and five RBI in seven games... the .423 average was his best mark against any 1999 opponent... right knee bone bruise continued to bother him in Spring Training and did not appear in any Major League spring games, but was in opening day starting lineup... posted an eight-game hitting streak 4/11 to 4/23... hit his first Cardinal home run vs. LA on 5/16 (off Ismael Valdes)... notched a three-RBI game at LA on 5/23, as all three RBI came with two outs... matched his career best with a pair of homers at FLA on 5/31... collected three hits and drove home the game-winning run with a 14th-inning single vs. DET on 6/12... put together a 10-game hitting streak 6/21 to 7/1; had a five-game RBI streak that coincided with his hitting streak (6/26 to 7/1)... equaled a career high with four hits at SF on 7/9... posted another four-hit effort 8/31 vs. FLA... set a career high and a 1999 Club high with four stolen bases at MIL on 9/5... notched his second leadoff HR of the year on 9/15 vs. MIL (also did it 9/8 at ATL)... closed the season by hitting safely in seven straight games (9-for-31, .290) and in 32 of his last 37 contests (49-for-161, .304).
Ranked fourth in the National League with 41 stolen bases and tied for fourth with eight steals of third base... had a ground-ball/fly-ball ratio of 2.17:1 (226 grounders, 104 flies) to place third among N.L. hitters... ranked eighth among NL shortstops with a .966 fielding average... became the first native Colombian to play in an All-Star Game as the Marlins lone player representative in the 7/7 game at Colorado; entered the game in the top of the seventh as a replacement for starting shortstop Walt Weiss (ATL); reached base on Scott Brosius' fielding error in the eighth and later scored... raised his batting average 100 points, to .282 from .182, by hitting .342 (38-for-111) from 4/20 to 5/18... delivered the game-winning hit in the 11th inning 5/1 vs. SD and a game-winning pinch-single (his first career pinch-hit) in the ninth inning 6/9 vs. TOR; the hits were his seventh and eighth game-ending hits over the past two seasons... honored as the NL Player of the Week 6/8-14 after hitting in all seven games (.464, 13-for-28) with a .531 on-base average... put together the Marlins longest hitting streak of the season, 14 games, from 6/8 to 6/22; batted .411 (23-for-56) during the span with a .484 on-base average... tied a Florida club record by scoring four runs in a 7/13 game vs. MON, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth; also scored the game-winning run 6/14 vs. the Mets... was on the disabled list 8/25 to 9/9 after bruising his right knee while sliding into second base in the third inning of an 8/24 game vs. SF.
Ranked second among NL batters with 143 singles... led the Major Leagues with 19 sacrifice hits... led NL shortstops with 242 putouts... rapped a team-leading 171 hits, the third-highest total in Marlins history... set a Club record with 617 at-bats... was caught stealing 15 times, second-most in the National League... had a team-high 13-game hitting streak 5/13 to 29, batting .383 (23-for-60) over the span... led the Marlins with six game-ending hits, including two in the postseason... hit a game-tying, ninth-inning inside-the-park home run vs. the Reds on 4/4, then won the game with an RBI single in the 11th... stroked a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth 4/27 vs. LA... drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth 8/15 vs. PIT... homered twice and was 3-for-5 overall 7/18 vs. SD... had three consecutive three-hit games 7/16-18.
Delivered the World Series-winning hit off Cleveland's Charles Nagy, driving home Craig Counsell in the 11th inning of Game 7 as Florida won, 3-2, claiming its first Series title in just its fifth season of play, faster than any other expansion team... stroked a game-winning single off Roberto Hernandez in Game 1 of the Division Series against SF, driving home Charles Johnson with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
Finished second to LA's Todd Hollandsworth in National League Rookie of the Year voting... began his fifth season in the Florida organization at Triple-AAA Charlotte, but was promoted to the Marlins on 5/9... was hitting .278 with two homers and 15 RBI in 28 games at Charlotte... became the fourth Colombian native to play in the Mjor Leagues after infielder Jackie Gutierrez (1983-88 with BOS, BAL, PHI), infielder Orlando Ramirez (1974-79 with CAL) and infielder-outfielder Luis Castro (1902 PHI A's)... finished the season strong, batting .334 after the All-Star break... set a Club record with a 22-game hitting streak (34-for-89) 7/25 to 8/16, the longest by a rookie since Jerome Walton hit in 30 straight for the 1989 Cubs... had 38 multi-hit games in 103 starts... made his Major League starting debut on 5/18 at CHI and singled in his first at-bat... collected his fourth four-hit game (including his fourth HR) 9/10 at NY... recorded his first four-hit performance 6/10 at MON... hit his first big league homer 6/11 at MON against Ugueth Urbina... missed 13 games with a strained right hamstring 6/24 to 7/11, including a six-game rehabilitation stint with Charlotte.
Voted the Marlins Organizational Player of the Year by the farm system's managers and field staff... selected as the organization's top prospect by Baseball America... named to Howe Sportsdata's All-Teenager team... ranked ninth among all Class AA players with 147 hits for Portland club... also finished tied for 11th with 30 stolen bases... finished fourth in the Marlins farm system in steals and eighth in batting (.289)... led Eastern League shortstops with 134 games at the position... ranked fourth in the league in hits and steals, and tied for fifth with 508 at-bats and seven triples... succeeded in his first 13 stolen base attempts through 6/6... was thrown out for the first time on 6/8 against Norwich... named the Eastern League's Player of the Week 7/31 to 8/6... hit .308 (4-for-13) with an RBI and two stolen bases for Portland during the postseason... played winter ball with the Ponce Lions of the Puerto Rican League, where he hit .318 (34-for-107) with 17 RBI in 28 games.
Playing his second full season in the Minors, was selected to play in the Florida State League All-Star game... set personal bests in runs, hits, extra-base hits and RBI.
Tied for the Midwest League lead among shortstops with 173 putouts.
Projected by Baseball America as the Gulf Coast League's No. 3 big-league prospect...recorded his first professional hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth to spoil a no-hit bid by the GCL Astros' Arquimides Lugo in the Gulf Coast Marlins' first-ever game.