Ronny Cedeno: Former New York Mets Reserve Infielder (2012)

Ronny Alexander Cedeno
was born February 2nd, 1983, in Puerto Cabello Venezuela. He was signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1999 as an amateur free agent. After seven seasons at minor league ball the six-foot infielder made it to the big leagues.

MLB Career: He began 2005 as the Cubs possible replacement for Nomar Garciaparra but the job eventually went to Neifi Perez. 

In 2006 was the youngest Cubs Opening Day short stop since Shawon Dunston in 1986. 

Cedeno had a bad year both defensively (.956 fielding%) & at the plate, as he struck out 109 times walked just 17 times & hit .245. He lost his starting job to Ryan Theriot.

He played two more season in Chicago with trips back up & down to the minors. He played in two NLDS in those years with the Cubs, seeing action in three games as a defensive replacement.

In 2009 he signed with the Seattle Mariners playing there until the trade deadline when he was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal that brought Jack Wilson & Ian Snell to Seattle. 

In 2010 he became the Pirates main short stop batting .256 with 8 HRs 29 doubles 12 stolen bases & 38 RBIs. In 2011 he posted a .978 fielding % (5th in the NL) & hit .249 for the fourth place Pirates. 

Mets Career: In the off season he was signed by the New York Mets.

2012: Cedeno made his Mets debut on Opening Day as a defensive replacement playing second base in the 9th inning. 

On April 10th he got his first start & drove in a run with a double off the Nationals Tyler Clippard. Cedeno enjoyed a three-hit day, but New York lost to Washington 6-2. 

On May 17th, Cedeno capped off a big Mets rally against the Reds at Citi Field. He hit his first HR of the year; a three-run shot off Logan Ondrusek in a 9-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. 

He would miss a month of action, returning in late June playing sparingly in the final week.

On July 30th, in San Francisco he doubled off Madison Bumgarner, helping the Mets in an 8-7 win over the Giants. 

Five RBI Game: On August 2nd, in a matinee with the Giants in San Francisco, he had his biggest day. Cedeno gathered three hits & drove in five runs in the Mets 9-1 win over the Giants. In the top of the 1st he bashed a two run double to left off Barry Zito. After an RBI single, he added another two run double in the 7th inning off Shane Loux.

As the road trip moved to San Diego, Cedeno drove in three more runs over two games, including a two run HR off Jason Marquis in a 7-3 loss. 

In September he saw ample playing time & hit his fourth & final HR in a loss to the Braves. 
Cedeno finishing the year batting .259 with 11 doubles, one triple 4 HRs & 22 RBIs, he drew 17 walks posting a .332 on base % with a .741 OPS.

On the field, the versatile Cedeno played 28 games at second base for the Mets, 27 games at short & three games at third base. In October 2012 he was granted free agency. 

Post Mets Career: He signed with St. Louis but got released after Spring Training. He signed with the Houston Astros got released at the end of July & signed with the San Diego Padres batting .242 overall in 89 games played for 2013. The majority of his time (76 games) was ay the short stop position. 

Hit By Pitch: On September 23rd in a game with the Diamondbacks, he was hit in the head by a pitch from Heath Bell & lost consciousness. He was removed from the game & suffered from concussion like symptoms. He would miss the last two weeks of the season. 

He spent most of 2014 at AAA but did play in seven games at the MLB level with the Phillies. In 2015 he played at AAA in the Giants organization batting .261 then ended his playing career.

Career Stats: In his ten-year career, he batted .245 with 629 hits 116 doubles 20 triples 40 HRs & 239 RBIs. H stole 39 bases walked 146 times with a .289 on base % & .641 OPS. 

At short stop he played 651 games posting a .970 fielding % making 84 errors. At second he played 109 games posting a .981 % making seven errors. 

Family: Ronnie was married to the Venezuelan model Aura Avila.

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