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Alejandro Freire
First baseman
Born: August 23, 1974 (1974-08-23) (age 35)
Caracas, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 9, 2005 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2005 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .246
Home runs           1
Runs batted in           4
On-base percentage     .319

Alejandro Freire [Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾeiɾe] (b. August 23, 1974) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Baltimore Orioles during the 2005 season. Listed at 6' 2", 220 lb., Freire batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela.

At age 31, it had been a long journey to the major leagues for Freire. He debuted as a rookie in 1994 with the GCL Astros, a Minor league affiliate team of the Houston Astros. But he spent nearly twelve full seasons in the minors, playing also for the Detroit, St. Louis, San Francisco and Baltimore systems before reaching the majors.

Freire debuted with the Orioles in the 2005 midseason. He gained the promotion after hitting .299 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI in 106 games for Triple-A Ottawa Lynx. In 25 games for Baltimore he hit .246 (16-for-65) with one home run and four RBI, appearing as a backup for Rafael Palmeiro (in 16 games) or as designated hitter (9).

Freire divided his playing time between Ottawa and with the independent Camden Riversharks in 2006, his last professional season. In 12 minor league seasons, he hit a combined .289 average with 184 home runs and 741 RBI in 1323 games for 12 different teams (1991-2006). He also played for the Magallanes and La Guaira teams of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (1995-2006).

Following his playing retirement, Freire has worked as a color commentator for ESPN Deportes during winter baseball.

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