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Vinny Rottino

Vinny Rottino
Orix Buffaloes – No. 4
Utility player
Born: (1980-04-07) April 7, 1980 (age 34)
Racine, Wisconsin
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2006 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .165
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 11
Teams

Vincent Antonio Rottino (born April 7, 1980) is an ItalianAmerican professional baseball utility player who plays for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball. He has played positions including catcher, first base, third base, and the outfield.[1]

He graduated from St. Catherine's High School in Racine, and then went to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.[1]

Career

Milwaukee Brewers

Rottino originally signed with the Milwaukee Brewers as an undrafted free agent on February 3, 2003.[2] In his fourth year with the Brewers organization, he made his major league debut as a September call up in 2006.[2] He played in nine games and batted .214.[2]

Rottino began the 2007 season in Triple-A with the Nashville Sounds.[3] He spent nearly the entire season there before being recalled by Milwaukee on September 1.[4] On September 29, 2007, Rottino hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the San Diego Padres 4–3 and clinch the first winning season for the Brewers since 1992.[5]

He repeated most of his previous season's fashion in 2008, playing most of the season at Triple-A,[3] then receiving a call-up in September.[6]

Rottino was the starting catcher for Team Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[7]

In 2009, Rottino accepted an assignment to Double-A Huntsville.[3]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On July 31, 2009, he was traded by the Brewers to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Claudio Vargas.[8]

Florida Marlins

He signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins in 2010 and made his first appearance in the Majors since 2008.

New York Mets

On November 16, 2011, Rottino signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[9] On May 4, 2012, Rottino got called up to the Mets after Chris Schwinden was sent down.

On May 26, 2012, Rottino hit his first career home run against the Padres' Clayton Richard. He hit another home run on May 28, 2012, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

On June 25, 2012, Rottino was designated for assignment to make room on the Mets' roster for Justin Hampson.

Cleveland Indians

On June 27, 2012, the Cleveland Indians claimed him off outright waivers. The Indians designated Chris Schwinden to make room on the 40-man roster.[10] On August 1, Rottino was recalled by the Indians when Travis Hafner was placed on paternity leave. He was hitting .299 with four HRs and 32 RBIs with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Rottino was outrighted to the minor leagues on Oct. 31, 2012, and subsequently elected free agency.

Orix Buffaloes

On November 30, 2012, he signed a one year $350,000 contract with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball.

References

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)

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