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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Domingo Cedeno, Part Time - 5

Domingo Cedeno hit a home run for the Rangers on this night in June 1998 and drove in all three of the team's runs, according to CBS News.

Afterward, Cedeno's manager Johnny Oates explained the secret to Cedeno's success: Playing sparingly.

"Domingo is a guy who you put out there part-time, every once in awhile and he will play like he did tonight," Oates told reporters afterward. "He's not a guy who is going to play 140 games. His game is to play in maybe 70."

Cedeno played a total of 429 games over his seven-season major league career. He played in over 100 games in a season once, with the Rangers in 1997.

Cedeno's career began in 1987, signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic. Cedeno's brother is Andujar Cedeno, who also made the majors.

Cedeno initially played in the Dominican Summer League. He started stateside in 1989 at single-A Myrtle Beach, Dunedin and rookie Medicine Hat. He made AA Knoxville in 1991. He first made AAA Syracuse in 1992, then Toronto in 1993.

Cedeno got into 15 games for the Blue Jays in 1993. He went 8 for 46. He then returned for 47 games in 1994 and 51 in 1995. He hit .236, with four home runs in 1995.

He started 1996 at Toronto. He hit .280 in 77 games. He then finished the year with 12 games with the White Sox.

Cedeno signed with the Rangers for 1997 and played in 113 games. He hit .282, with four home runs. He played 61 games there in 1998, then played 1999 with the Mariners and Phillies, his final as a pro.

That August, Cedeno hit a game-winning, extra-inning home run to give his Phillies the win.

"I was behind in the count and I just wanted to put the ball in play," Cedeno told the Associated Press after the victory.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,900
Made the Majors:1,082-37.3%-X
Never Made Majors:1,818-62.7%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 449-X
10+ Seasons in the Minors:270

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