World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Omar Beltre

Article Id: WHEBN0026610521
Reproduction Date:

Title: Omar Beltre  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 2010 in baseball
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Omar Beltre

Omar Beltre
Born: (1981-08-24) August 24, 1981 (age 32)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 30, 2010 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
July 5, 2010 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through 2010 season)
Win-loss record 0–1
Earned run average 9.00
Strikeouts 9

Omar Beltre (Born August 24, 1981) is a retired Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent.

Early years

Beltre received a $600,000 bonus, the largest the Rangers have ever given a Latin American teen, to sign with the club as a non-drafted free agent on March 1, 2000. He was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Rangers, and went 5–4 with a 3.54 earned run average and 44 strikeouts in his first professional season. He improved to 6–3 with a 3.38 ERA and 83 strikeouts for the Appalachian League's Pulaski Rangers in 2001, leading his team in both wins and strikeouts.

After sitting out the entire 2002 season with an injury, he returned to go 3–3 with a 2.39 ERA for the Midwest League's Clinton Lumber Kings in 2003. Having been used primarily as a starter up to that point, Beltre only made five starts in 2003, and made eleven appearances out of the bullpen.

Human trafficking ring

After going 5–5 with a 2.45 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 46 games (all in relief) with the Stockton Ports in 2004, Beltre earned his first invitation to Spring training. When he went to the U.S. embassy in January 2005 to pick up his work visa, consulate officials were waiting. According to the Rangers' information, consulate officials soon discovered an inordinate number of young minor league ballplayers had been married in a short period of time to women who had previously been denied visas, and it raised a red flag.

Beltre immediately admitted guilt to his involvement in a human trafficking ring, and was assured that he would likely only receive a one year exclusion, and that he would be able to reapply the following year. As it turned out, he was banned from entering the United States for five years, limiting him to winter ball, the Dominican Summer League and international tournaments.[1]

2010 season

Beltre has been dominant in the Dominican League, going 4–3 with a 1.12 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 104 innings pitched over the past three seasons. On February 12, 2010, he and pitcher Alexi Ogando, who was also involved in the human trafficking ring out of the Dominican Republic, were granted visas, and allowed to attend Spring training, arriving in the U.S. on the 16th.[2] After spring training, he was assigned to the triple A Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League, where he went 0–5 with a 2.39 ERA in fifteen games (five starts) before getting called up to the majors.[3]


  • Career statistics and player information from Minor League Baseball
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.