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José López

Seattle Mariners — No. 4
Third baseman
Born: November 24, 1983 (1983-11-24) (age 26)
Anzoátegui State, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 31, 2004 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .271
Home runs     70
Runs batted in     373
Teams
Career highlights and awards

José Celestino López (born November 24, 1983, in Anzoátegui State, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball third baseman who plays for the Seattle Mariners.

López is praised for his baseball instincts both on offense and defense. He is a good contact hitter with some power. On the defensive end he displays a strong arm for an infielder. He is often criticized for being impatient, and rarely takes a walk.[1]

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Professional career

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Seattle Mariners

In 2001 López was named the Everett AquaSox Most Valuable Player by the Mariners player development department.[citation needed] Later that season he participated in the Arizona Fall League. He was also named the Mariners' minor league "Player of the Year."[2]

He was named Mariners' minor league "Player of the Year" with the San Bernardino Stampede in 2002, marking the second time he won this award.[2] He led the California League with 169 hits and 309 doubles. His .324 average was second-highest among all Marines minor leaguers while his 31 steals ranked fourth. Later that year selected to play with the World Team at the 2002 MLB Future's Game in Milwaukee.[2]

López played three different infield positions (second base, shortstop and third base) in 132 games with the Double-A San Antonio Missions in 2003. He was third in the Texas League with 35 doubles. He had 41 multi-hit games, including four 4-hit games. At the all-star break he was selected to start for the Texas League. At the end of the season he was named to Texas League Postseason All-Star Team. López hit .391 with 3 runs, 2 home runs, a steal and 5 RBIs in five postseason games. He again played with Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League.

He hit .295 with 13 home runs, 39 RBIs in 74 games with the triple-A Tacoma Rainiers in 2004 before being called-up on July 31. At the end of the season he hit .311 with 11 doubles, 10 HR, 29 RBI in 46 games with Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League, making this the third time he played for Lara.

In 2005 López battled injury, going on the disabled list twice. In 44 games with Tacoma he hit .319 with five home runs and 31 RBIs.

López made his major league debut on July 31, 2004. He hit .232 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 57 games. López was selected as a replacement for the 2006 All-Star Game due to an injury to Robinson Canó. During this game, Lopez pinch-ran for Paul Konerko in the 9th inning and went on to score the game-tying run.

On May 27, 2008, López helped end a seven-game Mariner losing skid with a walk-off single off Boston reliever Mike Timlin to score Wladimir Balentien. The Mariners won 4–3 and Lopez was later quoted saying jokingly, "I wanted to run to center field...I knew the team was coming to kill me."

On May 1, 2009, Lopez hit a walk-off single in a 14-pitch at bat off of Oakland A's reliever Russ Springer. Lopez fouled off nine consecutive pitches before hitting his walk-off single.

In 2009 he had the lowest range factor of all starting major league second basemen (4.27).[3]

During spring training for the 2010 season, Lopez was converted to a third baseman replacing teammate Chone Figgins who in turn took over the second base position.

International career

2009 World Baseball Classic

López, along with teammates Félix Hernández and Carlos Silva is a member of Team Venezuela in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In Round 1 against the Netherlands, he hit a solo home run to give Venezuela a two-run lead and the victory later with a 3–1 win.

Personal life

Before the team's game on June 13, 2007, López was informed that his brother Gabriel had died in a motorcycle accident in Venezuela. López still played in the game because his family told him he wouldn't be able to make it home in time for the funeral and they wanted him to stay with the team and keep playing. He went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the game.

On June 16, 2009 he was put on the bereavement list again to visit his cancer-stricken sister, but she died before he got there. Lopez remained in Venezuela for his sister's funeral and didn't play for about a week.

López has one child, José López Jr.

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