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Cookie Rojas
Second baseman
Born: March 6, 1939 (1939-03-06) (age 70)
Havana, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 10, 1962 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1977 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Batting average     .263
Hits     1,660
Runs batted in     593
Teams

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Octavio Victor Rojas Rivas (born March 6, 1939 in Havana, Cuba), better known as Cookie Rojas, is a former Major League Baseball player, manager and coach.

Playing baseball over the objections of his father, who wanted him to be a doctor, Rojas originally signed with the Havana Sugar Kings, a Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, and made his National League debut with the Reds in 1962. Traded to the Philadelphia Phillies during the off-season, Rojas eventually became the Phils' starting second baseman.

He was an NL All-Star in 1965. As a Phillie, Rojas teamed with shortstop Bobby Wine in a double-play combination described as a parody of a popular song of the time—"The Plays of Wine and Rojas". While with the Phillies, Rojas played at least one game at all nine positions in the field, including pitcher and catcher. However, by the time the Phillies traded Rojas to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1970, it appeared his career might be over. St. Louis traded the struggling Rojas to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder/third baseman Fred Rico on June 13, 1970. Kansas City, a team in its second year of existence, wanted a veteran presence to steady its infield.

In April 1970, at least one news reports mistakenly said Rojas was critically injured in a auto accident. In fact it was former major leaguer, Minnie Rojas.[1]

Rojas contemplated retirement, but went on to appear in four consecutive All-Star games from 1971 to 1974. In the 1972 Game in Atlanta, he hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning, which was the first time that a non-American-born player ever homered for the American League in the mid-summer classic.

Though a fan favorite, Rojas lost his job as the Royals' starting second baseman to Frank White in 1976, but stayed with the team for two more years, filling in at first, second and third base, and as designated hitter as well. Rojas would hold the distinction of having played the second-most games at second base (789) in Kansas City Royals history, second only to White.[2]

After his playing career, Rojas coached and scouted for various teams. In 1988, he became only the third Cuban-born manager in major-league history when he took the helm of the California Angels, whom he guided to a fourth-place finish with a 75-79 record before being replaced that September. In 1996, Rojas managed one game for the Florida Marlins after manager Rene Lachemann was fired.

During the 1999 playoffs, while coaching third base for the New York Mets, Rojas was suspended for five games for getting into a shoving match with umpire Charlie Williams while arguing a foul ball call. Rojas also served as the third base coach during the 2000 season.[3]

Rojas's son Victor provided radio play-by-play and analysis for the Texas Rangers, until 2009, when he became a host on MLB Network. Currently, Cookie Rojas serves as the Florida Marlins' Spanish television announcer (SAP).

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gene Mauch
California Angels Manager
1988
Succeeded by
Moose Stubing
Preceded by
Rene Lachemann
Florida Marlins Manager
1996
Succeeded by
John Boles







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