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César Gerónimo
Center fielder
Born: March 11, 1948 (1948-03-11) (age 61)
El Seibo, Dominican Republic
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
April 16, 1969 for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
August 28, 1983 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Batting average     .258
Hits     977
Runs batted in     392
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Career highlights and awards

César Francisco Gerónimo Zorrilla (born March 11, 1948), known as César Gerónimo, is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball, who was a member of the famed Big Red Machine of the Cincinnati Reds during the 1970s. He batted and threw left-handed.

In 1967, Gerónimo was signed by the New York Yankees, who unsuccessfully tried to make him a pitcher. Two years later he made his major league debut with the Houston Astros. After the 1971 season, he went to the Cincinnati Reds in a blockbuster, eight-player deal along with, among others, Joe Morgan. A winner of four consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1974-77, Gerónimo was the outstanding defensive center fielder of five divisional championship series and the 1975-76 World Series Champion Cincinnati teams. He played the last three seasons of his career (1981-3) with the Kansas City Royals.

In his fifteen seasons, Gerónimo batted .258, with 51 home runs and 392 RBI, 460 runs scored, 977 hits, 161 doubles, 50 triples and 82 stolen bases. He also held the dubious distinction of being the 3,000th strikeout victim of both Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan. "I was just in the right place at the right time," he joked.

His nickname was "The Rifle", earning this sobriquet by virtue of his powerful throwing arm. Once after catching a fly out on the center field warning track, he threw the ball home to keep a runner at third base from scoring and the ball went so far on a fly that it went over catcher Johnny Bench’s head.

After retiring he worked for the Japanese Hiroshima Carp, as a coach in their Dominican baseball academy. He currently resides with his family in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In July 2008 he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.[1]

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