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Olmedo Saenz Bio
10/08/1970 in Chitre, Panama
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Olmedo Sanchez Saenz...he and his wife, Sylvia, have a son, Juan Carlos (9/24/92) and daughter, Jaquelyn (5/15/02)...owns a ranch in his native Panama...he is one of four Panamanian players in Dodger franchise history, along with Roberto Kelly, Manuel Barrios and Einar Diaz...took part in the Play Ball L.A. clinic at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center in Pacoima on May 14...participated in the Clayton Baseball Clinic in Panama on Nov. 8, 2005 with President George W. Bush and fellow Panamanians Mariano Rivera, Carlos Lee and Einar Diaz...on Aug. 14, 2006 visited youngsters and read to students at Union Avenue Elementary School...originally signed by White Sox scout Miguel Ibarra.
The longest-tenured Dodger completed his fourth season in Los Angeles, batting .191 with four homers and 18 RBI in 92 games
Hit .222 (14-for-63) with two homers and 12 RBI as a pinch-hitter
His 12 pinch-hits were tied for fourth in the Major Leagues
Hit two pinch-hit homers to finish the year with 12 in his career, tying him for 11th all-time in Major League history...blasted his 11th on June 8 vs. Toronto and his 12th on Sept. 18 at Colorado
Has eight pinch-homers as a Dodger, tying him with Johnny Frederick and Lee Lacy for second on the franchise list...passed Duke Snider and Billy Ashley in 2007
Finished the season with 47 career pinch-hits as a Dodger which ranks fourth in franchise history, behind Dave Hansen (110), Manny Mota (106) and Chris Gwynn (52)
Earned the start on April 22 against Pittsburgh and went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double
His pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Dodgers a 2-1 victory on May 1 against Arizona
His two-run blast on June 8 won the game for the Dodgers, 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, marking his fourth career walk-off homer...with the home run, became the 23rd player in Major League history to hit 11 pinch-hit home runs in his career
The Dodgers' primary pinch-hitter posted his third straight solid season in Los Angeles, hitting .296 (53-for-179) with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs in 103 games. His .564 slugging percentage was a career high. His 15 pinch-hits were tied for second in the NL and tied for third place on the Los Angeles Dodgers' single-season list. Made 20 starts at first base, nine at third base and two as the designated hitter. Had 15 RBIs off the bench, the third most in the NL and third in L.A. Dodger history. Crushed left-handed pitching with a .397 average (23-for-58), five homers and a .741 slugging percentage. Batted .303 (30-for-99) with runners on base, .448 (13-for-29) on the first pitch. During a four-game series in Pittsburgh from April 10-13, went 8-for-14 (.571) with two homers, two doubles and seven RBIs. Hit his 10th career pinch-hit homer on Aug. 30, his 33rd career pinch-hit as a Dodger, tying him with George Shuba, Len Gabrielson and Lee Lacy for ninth place on the all-time franchise pinch-hit list. ... Registered pinch-hit no. 34 as a Dodger on Sept. 10, tying Rick Monday for eighth place on the all-time Dodger list. ... Passed Monday with his 35th Dodger pinch-hit on Sept. 29 at San Francisco. ... Played for Panama in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March and had two hits and an RBI in three games. He was 0-for-2 in the playoffs.
Entered the season as the Dodgers' main right-handed pinch-hitter but injuries forced him into extensive playing time, as he set career highs in games (109), at-bats (319) hits (84), doubles (24), home runs (15), RBI (63) and walks (27) ... Ranked second on the Dodgers in RBI (63), fourth in slugging percentage (.480) and tied for second in homers (15) ... Made 52 starts at first base, 15 at third base and eight as the designated hitter ... Batted .300 (51-for-170) on the road, .287 (43-for-150) with runners on base, .333 (31-for-93) with runners in scoring position and .356 (16-for-45) with runners in scoring position and two outs ... Hit .286 (66-for-231) during night games and just .205 (18-for-88) in day games ... Had 12 two-hit games and six three-hit games...had 10 two-RBI games, four three-RBI games, one five-RBI game and one six-RBI game ... Made just one error in 66 games at first base ... From April 6 - June 2, batted .345 (30-for-87) with six homers and 25 RBI ... In his first game of the season on April 6 at San Francisco, went 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and three RBI...the three runs tied his career high, which he set on June 2, 2000 vs. San Francisco while with Oakland ... On May 17 vs. Florida, went 3-for-4 with a then career-high five RBI, including a three-run homer ... Tied his career high for third time (second time in 2005) with three runs on June 22 at San Diego, a game in which he also had three hits ... On July 27, hit a two-run homer that landed on the Loge Level in left field, becoming the 15th player and sixth Dodger to accomplish that feat in the history of Dodger Stadium...the last player to accomplish that feat was Andruw Jones on May 14, 2005...the last Dodger to do so was Milton Bradley on July 22, 2004 ... Went 3-for-5 with a homer, double and career-high six RBI on Aug. 5 at Pittsburgh...the six runs batted in marked a Dodger season high.
Entered Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, but earned a spot on the 25-man roster as one of the primary right-handed hitters off the bench...was one of the National League's top pinch-hitters, ranking fourth in RBI (13), tied for second in home runs (3), and tied for fifth in pinch-hits (15)...his 13 RBI off the bench tied for the fifth-most in L.A. Dodger history behind teammate Robin Ventura (14, 2004), Dave Hansen (14, 2000), Manny Mota (16, 1974) and Hansen (18, 1993)...as a pinchhitter, batted .313 (15-for-48) with four walks...became just the third player in team history to hail from Panama when he made his Dodger debut on April 6 vs. San Diego...became just the third Dodger in history to hit a homer as a designated hitter when he went deep on June 12 at Boston, joining Mike Kinkade on June 29, 2003 at Anaheim and Chad Kreuter on June 16, 2001 vs. Anaheim...hit .338 (22-for-65) against left-handed pitchers...batted .355 (11-for-31) on the road in the first half of the season...was part of Major League history when, on Sept. 8, he hit a pinch-hit grand slam homer, marking the first time in MLB history that a team had a pinchhit grand slam on back-to-back games, as Robin Ventura hit one on Sept. 7...hit three pinch-hit homers on the season, becoming just the ninth Dodger to do so...made his Dodger debut on April 6 vs. San Diego, striking out as a pinch-hitter in his first big league game since Sept. 29, 2002...registered his first hit as a Dodger when he stroked a pinch-hit double on April 21 at Colorado...had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly on May 2 vs. Montreal, registering his first RBI as a Dodger...had a pinch-hit single on May 6 at Florida...slugged a game-winning, pinch-hit, two-run homer in the top of the 14th inning on May 9 at Pittsburgh, his first homer since Aug. 6, 2002...went 2-for-3 in start at first base on May 26 at Milwaukee...went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, a hit by pitch, two runs scored and a career-high tying four RBI on June 12 at Boston...slugged a three-run, pinch-hit homer on July 5 vs. Arizona, giving the Dodgers the lead in a game they would win in 10 innings, 6-5...it was his second pinch-hit homer of the season...slugged a two-run homer off Jeff Fassero on July 28 at Colorado, his eighth hit in 13 career at-bats (.615) off the left-hander...slugged a solo homer on Oct. 1 vs. San Francisco...batted .255 (14-for-55) during Spring Training and saw action at third base (75 innings), first base (18 innings) and designated hitter (10 innings)...did not appear in the National League Division Series against St. Louis but was on the roster.
Missed much of the season following Achilles heel surgery ... Batted .306 with two home runs and eight RBI in 14 games during a rehabilitation assignment with the Rookie-level Arizona Athletics and Single-A Modesto ... For the Arizona A's, batted .333 with two home runs and eight RBI in 13 games, reaching base safely via hit or walk in 10 of those games...was 0-for-4 with an RBI in one game for Modesto.
Appeared in 68 games for Oakland, compiling a .276 average with six homers and 18 RBI ... Batted .317 (20-for-63) vs. left-handed pitchers...hit .295 (26-for-88) in home games ... Was 5-for-20 as a pinch-hitter with two pinch-hit homers and three RBI off the bench ... Appeared in one game during the American League Division Series against Minnesota and drew a walk...in the game, suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon while running out a grounder that ended up going foul and was sidelined for the remainder of the postseason and most of 2003.
Saw significant playing time early in the season as the A's designated hitter but he began to struggle offensively...as his playing time decreased, his average began to improve...batted .220 in 106 games, his lowest batting average in his three seasons with the A's...had career highs in games (106), at bats (305) and doubles (21)...was 3 for 9 (.333) with the bases loaded but hit a team low .110 (8 for 73) with runners in scoring position...now has a .196 (44 for 224) career average with RISP...hit .227 (41 for 181) with five home runs and 16 RBI in 58 games, 47 starts at designated hitter but also made 14 starts at first base and 11 at third base...was also used as the A's clean-up hitter early on but hit .198 (20 for 101) with two home runs and seven RBI in 30 games, 27 starts in the four spot...started 16 of the A's first 17 games at designated hitter but hit just .218 (12 for 55) with a home run and four RBI...a 10 for 27 (.370) surge from April 28 to May 8 put his average at the .244 mark when John Jaha was activated from the disabled list on May 9...that included a career high tying three hits on May 1 against Toronto...put together a career high 10 game hitting streak from May 26 to June 5 (13 for 37, .351) to up his average to .250...then went 13 for 81 (.160) over his next 28 games through July 24...was batting .218 with five home runs and 18 RBI and appeared in 71 of the A's 100 games through the 24th...after the acquisition of Jermaine Dye on July 25 he appeared in just 18 of the A's next 36 games...hit .351 (13 for 37) over that span...including a .344 (11 for 32) mark in August with three home runs and 11 RBI in 16 games...the RBI were his most ever in a month and the home runs tied his most ever (July, 2000)...then went 5 for 43 (.116) over his final 17 games...was 0 for his first 8 as a pinch hitter before singling off Rincon on July 31 at Cleveland...dropped to 1 for 12 in the pinch before collecting three consecutive pinch hits from August 14 to 18...including his second career pinch hit home run on August 14 at Toronto...it gave the A's a 3-2 lead in a game they would go on to lose 6-3...ended up going 6 for 25 (.240) with the home run and four RBI as a pinch hitter for the A's...led the A's in pinch hits for the second consecutive season and is now a .277 (18 for 65) career hitter in the pinch...hit his second career game ending home run on September 9 against Tampa Bay, a solo shot in the bottom of the 13th inning of the A's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay...five of his nine home runs came in the seventh inning or later...went 0 for 4 in three games against New York in the ALDS, including 0 for 3 as a pinch hitter.
The A's right-handed bat off the bench as he led the club with eight pinch-hits ... Made 22 starts at designated hitter, 16 at third base and 13 at first base ... Hit .333 in 76 games as he missed 42 games from Aug. 1 to Sept. 18 while he was on the disabled list with a strained hamstring ... Three of his four pinch RBI on the season either tied the game or put the A's ahead ... Batted .400 (8-for-20) in the pinch for the season which led the American League (minimum 20 at bats) ... Hit the game winning three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth on May 12 in the A's 9-7 win over Seattle ... Went 3-for-4 with a home run against San Francisco on June 2 and batted .441 (15-for-34) in Interleague Play with three home runs and nine RBI in 13 games ... Made one rehab appearance at Sacramento on Aug. 30 and was 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI before re-injuring the hamstring ... Hit a pinch hit home run in his final at bat of the regular season on Oct. 1 against Texas, the first of his career ... Then had one of the A's two home runs in the Division Series against New York, a three-run home run off of Roger Clemens in the first inning of the A's 11-1 win in Game 4 ... Tied for the team lead with four RBI in four games in the ALDS ... Hit .308 (37-for-120) against right-handers during the regular season with seven of his nine home runs... batted .313 (21-for-67) with runners in scoring position.
Made the A's Opening Day roster after an outstanding spring training ... His success carried over into the regular season which earned him increased playing time at third base as Chavez struggled ... Ended up making 43 starts at third base, 12 at first base and five at designated hitter ... Hit 11 home runs which tied for eighth among American League Rookies ... Was hit by a pitch a team leading 15 times which was second only in Oakland history to Don Baylor's 20 in 1976 ... Ranked tied for fourth in the American League in hit by pitches ... Ranked tied for second in the majors during spring training in RBI (24) and runs scored (21) and tied for fifth in home runs (6) ... Went 0 for 3 in his first regular season start but then had a three-hit performance in his second start on April 10 at Seattle ... Had the first three RBI of his career on April 14 against Anaheim and all three either tied the game or put the A's ahead ... For the season, 15 of his 41 RBI either tied the game or put the A's ahead ... Hit his first major league home run on April 26 off the Indians Mark Langston ... His second home run was a game winning three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning of the A's 13-9 win over Boston on April 30 ... Hit .296 in April and then went 5 for 9 with four doubles and six RBI in his first four games in May to boost his average to the .361 mark ... That included his second four RBI game of the season on May 4 ... Cooled down after that as he went 27 for 117 (.231) with 1 HR and 9 RBI in his final 41 games before the All-Star Break ... Started off the second half of the season in style as he hit the game winning three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Robb Nen in the A's 11-9 win on July 15 against San Francisco ... Each of his first six home runs either tied the game or put the A's ahead ... Was 8 for 20 (.400) with 2 HR and 7 RBI in his first eight games after the break before landing on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on July 26 ... Had a brief two-game rehab assignment at Vancouver (3 for 5, 2 RBI) before returning to Oakland on August 16.
Spent the entire season at Triple-A Calgary in the Chicago White Sox organization ... Hit a career high 29 home runs after posting just 58 round trippers over his first seven professional seasons ... Also posted professional bests in runs (89), hits (146) and RBI (102) ... Led the Cannons in runs, home runs and RBI ... Was hit by a pitch 22 times which tied for fourth most in the minors ... Was fourth in the PCL in runs, tied for fourth in home runs and ranked sixth in RBI ... Appeared in just 16 games in July but still hit .403 with seven home runs and 19 RBI ... Homered in three consecutive games July 25-27 at Tucson and July 29-31 at Albuquerque ... Batted .378 (42 for 111) against left handed pitching and .293 (104 for 355) with 23 of his 29 home runs against right handers ... Made 113 of his 124 appearances at third base ... Also hit .417 in 10 games as designated hitter and was 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter ... Batted .326 with 6 HR and 25 RBI in 37 games for La Guaira in Venezuela during the winter.
Missed the majority of the season after suffering a torn achilles tendon in spring training ... Returned late in the season to appear in two games with Rookie Sarasota in the Gulf Coast League ... Played for Licey in the Dominican Winter League, hitting .182 (8 for 44) in 14 games.
Ranked third in the American Association with 86 runs scored at Triple-A Nashville ... Was second on the club with 18 home runs ... Also set a personal best with 29 doubles ... His home run total tied for sixth in the Sox organization and his runs scored total was fourth ... Posted three two-homer games (last on August 11 at Buffalo) and drove in a season-high five runs on May 22 at Iowa ... Posted 33 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI contests.
Ranked fifth in the American Association in RBI (74) and seventh in hitting (.304) ... His 74 RBI at Nashville topped the Sounds and ranked fifth in the organization ... His .304 average ranked second on the team and fifth in the organization ... Had a team-high 40 multi-hit games, including two four-hit games and four three-hit efforts ... Batted .335 (95 for 284) with 19 doubles, 10 home runs, 51 RBI and 47 runs scored after May 31 ... Was named the A.A. Player of the Week on August 13-19 after batting .500 (14 for 28) with a home run, five doubles and eight RBI ... Was named Best Defensive Third Baseman in the A.A. by
Made his major league debut on May 28 vs. Baltimore after his contract was purchased from Nashville earlier that day ... Was hitting .301 at the time of his promotion ... Singled in his first major league at bat off Ben McDonald ... Tripled on May 30 at New York for his second hit ... Started four games at third base before being optioned back to the Sounds on June 13 ... Finished third at Nashville with 27 doubles and was one of five Sounds players in double figures for homers with 12 ... Had two home runs and six RBI on July 15 at Louisville.
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