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Omir Santos

New York Mets — No. 9
Born: April 29, 1981 (1981-04-29) (age 28)
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 5, 2008 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .254
Home runs     7
Runs batted in     40
Career highlights and awards

Omir Santos Rios (born April 29, 1981[1]) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player. He plays catcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball.

Omir Santos was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.[1] He attended East Central College in Union, Missouri.[1] The New York Yankees drafted Santos in the 21st round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, but he made his major league debut in 2008 for the Baltimore Orioles. In January 2009, he signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

New York Mets

On April 17, 2009, Santos was called up to the Mets to replace the injured Brian Schneider after starting the season with the AAA Buffalo Bisons.[2]

On April 27, 2009, Santos hit his first career home run, a grand slam off the Florida Marlins' Aníbal Sánchez. It was the 1st Grand Slam hit in Citi Field. The home run also produced his first career RBI.[3]

On May 23, 2009, Santos hit a clutch 2 run go-ahead home run off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon at Fenway Park in the 9th inning with 2 outs which was the difference maker in the game.[4]

On May 29, 2009, against the Florida Marlins, he hit a game-tying home run in the 5th inning, only to hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th. Soon after the game, The Mets traded their other backup catcher, Ramon Castro, to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Lance Broadway, ensuring that Santos stays with the team as the backup catcher to Brian Schneider.

Santos missed a home game on Saturday, September 19th,2009 against the Washington Nationals due to his grandmother's death. Omir flew to Puerto Rico and is expected to return Saturday, September 20th,2009 still against the Washington Nationals.

On November 25, 2009, Omir was named on the 51st annual Topps All-Star Rookie team.

Because Bengie Molina signed with the San Francisco Giants the Mets announced that Santos would most likely be the starting catcher with Henry Blanco as the back-up. This plan is reffered to as "Plan B". Their other plan is to go after the 2 remaining better catchers in free agency who are Rod Barajas and Yorvit Torrealba. If the Mets sign either of them, Santos would be the back-up.

On February 20, 2010, the Mets signed Catcher Rod Barajas to a Major League deal. This deal ultimately could send Santos back to AAA, as Barajas will be the starting catcher, with Henry Blanco as the backup.

On March 17, 2010 Omir Santos hit am inside the park Grand Slam, giving the Mets a 6-5 win over The Washington Nationals in Spring Training.



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