Full name is Omar Rafael Infante...he and his wife, Yohanna, reside in Lecheria, Venezuela, with their son, Yomar...Participated in a calendar shoot for Braden's Hope for childhood cancer research in 2014...Played in two games for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, batting .444 with two doubles and a pair of runs scored.
Omar struggled offensively for much of the season, batting .220 with 23 doubles, seven triples, two homers and 44 RBI…his seven triples tied for 10th in the American League and were his highest total since 2012...Missed the final 15 games of the regular season and the entire 2015 Postseason after suffering a left oblique strain in Detroit on September 18...Batted .294 (5-for-17) with two doubles, a homer and eight RBI in the month of September, before the injury...Recorded a career-best seven RBI on September 17 at Cleveland, which passed a pair of six-RBI games…since joining the Royals in 2014, Omar has five games with four RBI or more…in his previous 10 big league seasons, he had five games of four RBI or more...Over the past two seasons, he's collected 110 RBI, which are ninth-most by Major League second sackers...Hit a pair of home runs at Progressive Field, July 27 and September 17…his home run on July 27 snapped a streak of 480 regular-season at-bats without a roundtripper, which dated back to August 13, 2014...Became the second Royal in 2015 to collect two triples in a game, doing it August 24 vs. the Orioles…Paulo Orlando also accomplished this on April 12 at the Angels...Enjoyed a season-best nine-game hitting streak from April 9-19, when he batted .313 (10-for-32) with four doubles and five RBI...Had a prolonged slump from May 22 to June 13, when he went 5-for-62 (.081)…but batted .297 (30-for-101) with six doubles and 17 runs scored from June 15 to the All-Star break...Collected his 250th career double on September 5 vs. the White Sox...his 251 career doubles rank ninth among active Major League second basemen entering the 2016 season.
Omar battled injuries throughout his first season in Kansas City, hitting .255 with 21 doubles, three triples and six homers...Recorded a career-best 66 RBI, the seventh-most by a Royals second baseman...Collected 29 of his RBI vs. A.L. Central foes...Batted .303 (27-for-89) during the month of July with six doubles and eight RBI...He also hit .289 with two doubles, two triples and two homers in April...Placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 13 (retroactive to May 7) with lower back discomfort...activated May 26...Matched a career high with six RBI in Baltimore on April 27, becoming the first A.L. second baseman to record six RBI in a game, since he did it against the Royals on September 6, 2013 with Detroit...Blasted his first career grand slam on June 27 against the Angels, taking Matt Shoemaker deep in the third inning...It was one of three slams by the Royals in 2014 (also Alcides Escobar - May 11; Nori Aoki - August 5)...Enjoyed a career night in Colorado August 19, going 4-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI...It marked his first four-hit game as a Royal, while his three doubles matched a career-best, also doing it at Kauffman Stadium on May 27, 2004 as a member of the Tigers...Batted .255 (13-for-51) with three doubles, a homer and six RBI in postseason play...Hit .318 (7-for-22) with all of his extra-base hits during the World Series...His home run, a two-run shot, came in Game 2 of the World Series off Hunter Strickland in the sixth inning...It marked his first career roundtripper in the postseason, after 145 at-bats without one, which was the second-longest drought among active Major Leaguers, behind St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay (189 at-bats.
Omar completed his second stint with the Detroit Tigers, appearing in 118 games at second base...signed afour-year deal, with a club option for 2018, with Kansas City on December 15, 2013... Batted .318 (144-for-458), which led A.L. second basemen with at least 450 at bats...average was his highestsince batting .321 with Atlanta in 2010... Set career highs in slugging percentage (.450) and OPS (.795), which ranked third among A.L. second sackersin both categories... Missed over a month of action with a sprained left ankle (July 9-August 12)...hit .333 (54-for-162) with sixdoubles, a triple, four homers and 24 RBI after returning from the disabled list... Hit over .300 in April (.306), August (.352) and September (.319)...batted .301 (44-for-146) vs. left-handed pitching and .326 (100-for-307) at home... Showed more power against left-handed pitching, hitting six of his 10 homers vs. lefties and slugging .500...his slugging percentage against southpaws ranked 19th in the A.L... Compiled a .980 ?elding percentage (10 errors in 509 chances), which ranked ninth among A.L. second basemen...his .817 zone rating was the fifth-best mark among the league's second sackers... Hit .357 (20-for-56) with three doubles, two homers and eight runs scored in 14 Interleague games... Collected his 200th career double July 1 at Toronto... Recorded his eighth career multi-homer game, hitting three-run and two-run shots vs. Cleveland, on August 31...the game marked his fifth multi-homer contest since 2010... Established career-highs with five hits and six RBI on September 6 at Kansas City...hit .375 (18-for-48) with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI against the Royals in 2013... Amassed a 10-game hitting streak (September 16-28), in which he batted .375 (15-for-40)...it marked his eighthhitting streak of 10 games or more... Went 2-for-4 in Division Series opener vs. Oakland, October 4...marked his sixth career multi-hit game in the postseason
Opened the 2012 season with the Miami Marlins before being acquired by the Tigers in a five-player deal (both clubs
swapped a compensation draft choice as well) on July 23. ... Matched a career high with two home runs on April 9 at Philadelphia. ... Batted .323 (20x62) with six doubles, two triples, five home runs and seven RBI in 18 games during April. ... Collected four hits on May 15 versus Pittsburgh to equal a career high -- matched the high with four hits on May 24
versus San Francisico and August 5 versus Cleveland. ... Hit .314 (32x102) with seven doubles, a home run and 13 RBI in 26 games during May. ... Compiled a season-high 10-game hitting streak July 29-August 9, batting .405 (15x37). ... Collected the 1,000th hit of his major league career on September 8 at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a runscoring
single off C.J. Wilson ... Batted .317 (51x161) versus lefthanded pitchers...hit .257 (101x393) with righties on the mound. ... Hit .290 (84x290) in 75 games prior to the all-star break...batted .258 (68x264) in 74 games following the all-star break. ... Suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand after being hit by a pitch in Game Four of the
World Series on October 28 versus San Francisco.
Batted .314 (72x229) following All-Star break, after turning in a .251 average (88x350)
in first half...In first 20 games of second half, was batting .411 (30x73) with two doubles, four
triples, two home runs and seven RBI before a trip to 15-day disabled list due to a
fractured right middle finger, suffered on August 4 vs. St. Louis...Returned to lineup on August 20 at San Diego and went 0x4, but then went on a
nine-game hitting streak...His .314 batting average in second half was 22nd in National League; had 23 multi-hit
games in that span, and finished second overall on team with 47 multi-hit games
(Bonifacio-50)...Became first player in Marlins' history to record an extra-base hit in each of first three
innings of a game during a 13-4 win in Pittsburgh on September 9. Homered in first
inning, doubled in second inning, and homered again in third inning. Prior to Infante,
last player to accomplish feat in Majors was Garret Anderson, for Angels vs. Yankees
on August 21, 2007; he had a double, double and home run, respectively, in an 18-9
win in Anaheim (Elias Sports Bureau)...On September 19 vs. Atlanta, hit first career walk-off home run, off Craig Kimbrel, in
bottom of ninth...Had a pair of two-homer games, giving him six such games in career. First was on
August 2 at Citi Field vs. Mets, and second came on September 9 at Pittsburgh, when
he also set new career high with five RBI...His .989 fielding percentage was fourth-best among NL second basemen. Had just
eight errors in 734 total chances, and led ML second basemen with 466 assists...Tied career high for assists in a nine-inning game on September 3 vs. Philadelphia,
with eight (also, May 2, 2011 at St. Louis).
Led Atlanta in batting with a .321 average, posting Major League career-highs in average and
hits (151) ... Earned his first career All-Star nod after an impressive first-half that saw him
bat .332 (64x193). Did not appear in the Mid Summer Classic held at Angel
Stadium in Anaheim ... Opened the season by batting .273 in April (9x33). Over the next four
months combined to hit .348 (109x313) ... Hit .429 in July to mark his highest-ever monthly average (min. 50 at-bats) ... Tallied 43 hits in August, which also marked a single-month best. His previous
monthly best was 30 in August of 2008 and July of 2004. He became
one of only 11 Braves since 1952 (20th time) to tally 43-or-more hits in a single month and the first
since Kenny Lofton recorded 45 hits in April, 1997 ... Strung together a career-best 14-game hit streak from August 11-25 where he hit .410 (25x61)
with two doubles, two triples, four home runs and nine RBI ... Earned National League Player of the Week honors for August 16-22. In that stretch, he hit at a
.433 clip (13x30, led the NL in runs (nine), total bases (27) and slugging percentage (.900), and
was tied for the league lead in home runs (three) ... Notched a career-high tying four hits in a 4x4 performance on May 14 vs. Arizona. Equaled the
mark three more times during the season; July 9 at New York (NL), July 18 vs. Milwuakee and
August 22 at Chicago (NL) ... On August 22, notched his fourth career multi-home run game, tied a career-best with four RBI
and scored four times ... Hit right-handed pitchers at a .342 clip (109x319) to rank fifth in the Majors and third in the NL (min.
300 at-bats). Only Joey Votto (.347) and Carlos Gonzalez (.345) had higher averages in the
Senior Circuit ... Posted a .345 average (38x110) with runners in scoring position. Average jumped to .369 (24x65)
with RISP and two outs. Since 2007, leads the Majors batting .352 (107x304) with RISP. Joe Mauer
ranks second at .346 and Albert Pujols third at .343 ... Had the fifth-highest Major League average in the leadoff spot at .305 (86x282). Teammate
Martin Prado led the Majors at .322, followed by Ichiro (.315), Stephen Drew (.310) and Rafael
Furcal (.306) ... Made 63 starts at second base, 18 at shortstop, 12 at third base, eight in left field and five in right
Over the last three seasons, has a .356 avg. with RISP, which is the highest average in the Majors in that situation (min. 150 RISP at-bats)...In his last 15 games, since 9/15, hit .366 (15-for-41) with three doubles and five RBI...Batted .273 (32-for-117) with five doubles and 15 RBI in 42 games since being activated from the 15-day disabled list on 8/11...Belted his sixth career lead-off home run on 8/22 vs. FLA...Hit the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth on 8/15 vs. PHI to score Matt Diaz...In his first 29 games, from 4/8-5/20, hit .349 (30-for-86) with four doubles, one home run and 11 RBI...Suffered fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand on 5/20 when he was HBP. Batted .349 (30-for-86) with 1 HR & 11 RBI in 29 games before going on disabled list.
After coming off the DL on 7/23, he hit safely in 39 of his 54 games with an at-bat (.300, 62-for-207) and
had two homers and 29 RBIs in that stretch.
...Started 77 games at five different positions (3B-26, LF-26, SS-15, 2B-9, CF-1) and batted in seven
different spots in the batting order.
...Led Braves regulars with a .341 (31-for-91) average with RISP.
...Hit .325 off LHP (40-for-123) and .273 (53-for-194) with all three of his home runs off RHP.
...Matched his career high with four hits and three runs scored on 9/2 at FLA.
...Led the team in August with 10 doubles.
...Hit .364 (16-for-44) with two home runs in July.
...Had consecutive three-hit games on 7/30-31 vs. STL for the second time in his career (7/1-2/04). Over five
games from 7/27-30, he hit .435 (10-for-23) with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 2B.
...Had second seven-game hitting streak of the season snapped 9/26 at HOU. During the streak (dating back
to 7/3), he hit .357 (10-for-28) with a HR and 4 RBI.
...Started in LF 7/3 vs. PHI for the fourth time this season. It was also his first start (only was a pinch-hitter
from 7/1-2 and went 0-for-2) since 6/25 when he suffered a strained right hamstring.
...Over his final 27 games since 6/8, he hit .345 (30-for-87) with 14 RBI.
...Left 6/25 game in the second inning with a strained right hamstring that he suffered when running out a
double to right field.
...In three games at Texas from 6/17-19, he hit his first home run since 7/26/07 (6/17), had a game-winning,
ninth-inning single (6/18) and tied the game with a sacrifice fly (6/19).
...Made first start in CF this season in the second game of 5/20 DH vs. NYM.
...Was 0-for-19 vs. J. Santana prior to his game-tying single in the 7th on 5/22 vs. NYM.
Served as the Tigers' utility infielder, seeing action in 66 games -- marked his fewest games at the major
league level since he played in 18 games with the Tigers after joining the club in September 2002.
Entered the game on 4/18 vs. KC as a pinch-hitter and remained in the game to play right field -- marked
his first appearance in right field at the major league level.
Collected a career-high four RBI on 5/8 vs. SEA.
Batted .316 (12-for-38) with two doubles, a triple and five RBI in 16 games during May.
Hit .302 (13-for-43) in 16 games during June.
Optioned to Triple-A Toledo on 8/17.
Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on 9/1.
Batted .284 (31-for-109) prior to the All-Star break, but just .246 (14-for-57) in 23 games after the break.
Hit .413 (19-for-46) with runners in scoring position.
Hit .291 with 7 HR and 34 RBI in 61 games in the Venezuelan winter league prior to being sidelined by a
mid-shaft fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand (hit-by-pitch) on 1/12/08. Had successful surgery
on 1/18/08 in Atlanta by Braves Associate Physician Dr. Gary Lourie when a pin was inserted into the hand.
Completed his third full season at the major league level
with the Tigers, serving as the club's utility infielder...Matched a career best with four hits on April 13 against
the Chicago White Sox...Equaled career highs with two home runs and three RBI at Kansas City on May 24...Batted .324 (12x37) in 11 games during May...Started in center field on July 8 at Seattle, his first action at the position since July 11, 2004 at Minnesota...Managed a .400 batting average (14x35) in 14 games during August...Hit .330 (38x115) with all four of his home runs in 42 games on the road...managed a .220 batting average (24x109) in 36 games at Comerica Park...Batted .259 (28x108) in 34 games prior to the all-star break...hit .293 (34x116) in 44 games following the all-star
Began the year as the Tigers starting second baseman before being relegated to the utility role following the acquisition of Placido Polanco from the Philadelphia Phillies on June 8...In his first 49 games of the season April 4-June 8, he batted .211 (37x175)...hit .229 (53x231) over his final 72 games June 12-October 2...Matched a career high with three RBI on June 22 at Minnesota -- equaled the high two more times during the season: June 26 at Arizona and July 19 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox...His .186 batting average (11x59) in 17 games during June was sixth-lowest in the American League...Hit safely in nine of his 10 games July 17-25, batting
.308 (12x39) -- drove in a run in six straight games during the stretch, collecting eight RBI July 19-23...Combined to hit .179 (14x78) in 27 games during September and October -- fourth-lowest in the league...Hit .228 (51x224) in 64 games prior to the all-star break...in 57 games following the break, he batted .214 (39x182) -- tied for 11th-lowest batting average in the
American League...Batted .208 (43x207) in 61 games at Comerica Park...hit .236 (47x199) in 60 games on the road...Managed a .174 batting average (16x92) against left-handed pitchers, compared to a .236 batting average (74x314) when facing righthanded pitchers.
Completed his first full season at the major league level, establishing career bests in nearly every offensive category...Tied for fourth in the American League with nine triples...Grounded into a double play once every 125.8 at-bats, third-best in the league...Opened the season as the club's utility infielder, seeing action in 22 (starting seven games) of the club's first 32
games April 5-May 11, before taking over for an injured Fernando Vina at second base on May 12 -- started 116 of the Tigers final 130 games of the season...Belted a solo home run May 14 versus Texas, his first home run since September 10, 2002 at Minnesota -- snapped a stretch of 314 at-bats without a home run...Matched a career high with four hits May 27 at Kansas City -- collected three doubles in the game to become the
first Tigers player to do so since Juan Encarnacion finished with three doubles September 25, 2000 at Yankee Stadium against New York...In 23 games during May, he batted .294 (20x68) with
13 runs scored, five doubles, two triples, three home runs and nine RBI -- 16th in the league with a .559 slugging percentage during the month...Belted a three-run home run June 15 at Philadelphia to establish a career high with three RBI -- matched the high for RBI on five different occasions: July 4 at Colorado,
July 22 versus Kansas City, August 11 at Oakland,
September 6 versus Kansas City and September 17 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox...Did not commit an error in 32 consecutive games June 20-July 27, a stretch of 150 total chances at second base and in center field...Hit safely in 13 of his 15 games June 23-July 8, batting .400 (26x65) with 15 runs scored, five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 10 RBI...Tied for 11th in the league with 22 strikeouts during June -- hit .244 (20x82) in 23 games during the month, scoring 13 runs and collecting three doubles, two triples, three home runs and 12 RBI...Belted the first lead-off home run of his career July 10 at Minnesota -- homered to lead-off the game four more times during the season: July 22 versus Kansas City, August 17 and September 17 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox and September 28 versus
Chicago...Launched two home runs July 22 versus Kansas City to establish a career high -- equaled the best with two home runs September 17 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox...Posted a season-best 11-game hitting streak July 30-August 12, batting .356 (16x45) with five runs scored, a double, two triples and five RBI...Tied for second in the league with three triples during July...hit .268 (30x112) with 16 runs scored, four doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI in 26 games during the month...In 25 games during August, he hit .265 (27x102) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, home run and six
RBI...Hit .400 (18x45) over the course of a 10-game hitting streak September 12-21, scoring 10 runs and collecting four doubles, four home runs and seven RBI...Ejected for the first time in his career September 21 versus Cleveland by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing a called third strike...Tied for fourth in the league with 29 strikeouts during September and tied for fifth with nine doubles -- batted
.261 (29x111) with 14 runs scored, five home runs and 14 RBI in 26 games during the month...Hit .277 (52x188) with five home runs against
lefties...batted .257 (81x315) with 11 home runs versus righthanded pitchers...In 67 games at Comerica Park, he batted .272 (61x224)...hit .258 (72x279) in 75 games on the road...Posted a .271 on-base percentage when hitting in the lead-off spot, lowest in the league...Tied for fourth among league second basemen with 12 errors and finished eighth with 73 double plays.
The Tigers starting shortstop on Opening Day, Infante held the job for nearly three months before being optioned to Triple A Toledo...Did not get off to a quick start with Detroit, managing six hits in his first 44 at-bats (.136) over the course of 14 games March 31-April 19...Committed nine errors in 24 games at shortstop April 5-May 6...in 35 games at shortstop May 7-June 25, he
committed four errors...Hit safely in eight-of-nine games April 20-May 1, including a
season-high five-game hitting streak April 25-May 1...batted .371 (13x35) over the nine-game stretch...Posted three straight two-hit games May 5-7 at Baltimore, finishing 6x12 (.500) with four runs scored, a double and an RBI during the series...struggled during the remainder of May, hitting .133 (6x45) in 14 games May 9-30...A
sore back caused him to miss two games May 10-11 at Tampa Bay and three games at Cleveland May 20-22...Batted .409 (9x22) over a seven-game stretch June 7-14 before collecting two hits in 19 at-bats (.105) in eight games June 15-25...optioned to Toledo on June 27...Joined the Mud Hens on June 28, picking up three hits in his first 33 at-bats (.091) in a 10-game stretch June 28-July 6...In 30 games during July, he batted .229 (24x105), while he hit .230 (
26x113) in 32 games during August...swiped
14 bases during August and he finished with 22 for the Mud Hens -- second on the club in stolen bases...Hit safely in 20-of-23 games August 4-25, including two six-game hitting streaks August 8-15 and 20-25...during the 23-game stretch, he batted .309 (25x81) with five doubles and nine RBI...Went hitless in his final six games for Toledo August 26-31, a stretch of 22 at-bats...Originally not included in the Tigers September call-ups, he was recalled from Toledo on September 22 after
injuries to Danny Klassen and Shane Halter necessitated the addition of an infielder...Made his first professional appearance at third base on September 22 at Kansas City, entering the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh inning...Established career highs with four hits, three runs scored and two doubles at Kansas City on September 23 -- his second inning double was his first extra-base hit with the Tigers since May 6 at Baltimore, a span of 105 at-bats...Fared much better on the road for Detroit, hitting .294 (32x109) in 36 ames...batted .152 (17x112) in 33 games at Comerica Park...Struggled against lefthanded pitchers, batting .155 (11x71)...hit .253 (38x150) with righties on the mound.
Had his contract purchased from Triple A Toledo by the Tigers on September 7, receiving his first major league experience after playing 120 games with the Mud Hens...Tied for fourth in the International League with eight triples...led the league with 15 caught stealings...Topped all league shortstops with 416 assists...rated the best defensive shortstop and as possessing the best infield arm in the International League by Baseball America...Started the season slowly with Toledo, hitting .202 (19x94) in 26 games during April...Collected a season-high four hits at Rochester on May 1, stealing a season-best three bases...matched his high for the season with four hits July 4 at Columbus...Landed on the disabled list on May 4 with a back strain...diagnosed with spondylolysis following an evaluation by Dr. Rahul Vaidya at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and he was placed on a program to strengthen the muscle in his back...returned to action on May 20 against Charlotte...Batted .204 (10x49) over his first 15 games following his return from the disabled list before he was forced back to the disabled list and out of action for week on June 4 with a left thumb sprain...Posted a season-best 10-game hitting streak for the Mud Hens June 24-July 4, hitting .400 (16x40) with six runs scored, three doubles, three triples, a home run and six RBI...On Toledo's temporary inactive list July 6-11 as he left the club to participate in the Futures Game at Miller Park in Milwaukee on July 7...collected a single in two at-bats during the contest for the World Team...Hit safely in nine straight games August 7-16, batting .407 (13x32) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI...Equaled his high for the season with a 10-game hitting streak August 20-30...hit .389 (14x36) during the streak, driving in seven runs...Batted .317 (33x104) with 11 runs, four doubles, a triple, two home runs, 13 RBI and five stolen bases in 30 games during August...Drove in a season-best four runs September 1 versus Columbus...Fared better against lefthanders in the International League, batting .390 (41x105)...hit .230 (76x331) with righthanders on the mound...Batted .345 (41x119) when hitting with runners in scoring position, including .370 (20x54) when batting with
runners in scoring position and two outs...Finished 4x12 (.333) with an RBI for the Mud Hens in three games during the International League playoffs...Made his major league debut at Yankee Stadium against New York on September 7 after having his contract purchased from Toledo earlier in the day...drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning with his first major league hit, a single off Mike Mussina...Belted his first major league home run on September 10, a two-run shot against Minnesota's Kyle Lohse...Recorded a 12-game hitting streak September 13-27, matching teammate Carlos Pena for the longest hitting streak by an American League rookie in 2002...batted .360 (18x50) during the 12-game streak...Collected three hits September 15 versus Kansas City, establishing a career high...Concluded the month of September with a .333 batting average (24x72), three doubles, a home run and six RBI to be named the Tigers Player of the Month...Batted .357 (5x14) when hitting with runners in scoring position...hit .414 (12x29) with runners on base...From the seventh inning on, he hit .478 (11x23) compared to .265 (13x49) in the first six innings. ..Selected as the 95th-best prospect in baseball prior to the season by Baseball America
...Named the 19th-best prospect in the International League following the season by Baseball America
...Named the fourth-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America
Selected to participate in midseason double-A All-Star Game in 2001, in addition to being named to Eastern League's postseason
All-Star team and Baseball America Double-A All-Star squad...Led EL shortstops with 206 putouts and 370 assists; also led double-A shortstops and finished seventh among all full-season league shortstops with a .302 batting average.