Ruben Rivera Stats

Ruben Rivera was born on Wednesday, November 14, 1973, in Chorrera, West Panama, Panama. Rivera was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 3, 1995, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ruben Rivera baseball stats page.

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Ruben Rivera Autograph on a 1995 Upper Deck Baseball Card

Ruben Rivera Autograph on a 1995 Upper Deck Baseball Card

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Birth Name:
Rubén Rivera
Nickname:
None
Born On:
11-14-1973  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Chorrera, West Panama, Panama
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
La Chorrera (Panama City, Panama)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
09-03-1995 (Age 21)
Last Game:
05-28-2003
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Ruben Rivera Pitching Stats

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Ruben Rivera Hitting Stats

1995 22 Yankees 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1996 23 Yankees 46 88 17 25 6 1 2 0 16 13 0 26 1 2 2 1 .284 .381 .443
1997 24 Padres 17 20 2 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 9 0 0 0 0 .250 .318 .300
1998 25 Padres 95 172 31 36 7 2 6 1 29 28 0 52 1 1 2 1 .209 .325 .378
1999 26 Padres 147 411 65 80 16 1 23 0 48 55 1 143 0 4 5 9 .195 .295 .406
2000 27 Padres 135 423 62 88 18 6 17 1 57 44 1 137 0 2 10 8 .208 .296 .400
2001 28 Reds 117 263 37 67 13 1 10 0 34 21 1 83 0 1 5 7 .255 .321 .426
2002 29 Rangers 69 158 17 33 4 0 4 0 14 17 0 45 4 2 5 2 .209 .302 .310
2003 30 Giants 31 50 6 9 2 0 2 0 4 5 1 14 0 0 0 0 .180 .255 .340
9 Years 662 1,586 237 343 67 11 64 2 203 185 4 510 6 12 29 28 .216 .307 .393

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Ruben Rivera Fielding Stats

1995 Yankees LF 4 0 15 2 0.5 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1996 Yankees CF 14 12 333 40 2.9 40 39 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.24
1996 Yankees LF 13 5 192 16 1.2 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1996 Yankees RF 19 4 213 24 1.3 24 23 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.04
1997 Padres CF 4 2 63 6 1.5 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1997 Padres LF 2 0 9 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1997 Padres RF 4 1 42 6 1.5 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.86
1998 Padres CF 13 12 264 26 2.0 25 23 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.56
1998 Padres LF 13 7 207 13 1.0 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.70
1998 Padres RF 73 24 951 71 1.0 69 68 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.96
1999 Padres CF 143 110 3,072 328 2.3 320 312 8 8 2 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.81
2000 Padres CF 131 112 3,110 318 2.4 313 303 10 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.72
2000 Padres LF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
2001 Reds CF 70 38 1,217 134 1.9 132 129 3 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.93
2001 Reds LF 10 5 159 8 0.8 8 7 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.36
2001 Reds RF 21 13 380 35 1.7 34 34 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.42
2002 Rangers CF 67 56 1,415 172 2.6 169 167 2 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .983 3.22
2003 Giants CF 13 6 204 28 2.2 28 28 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.71
2003 Giants LF 9 1 78 12 1.3 12 12 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.15
2003 Giants RF 6 1 45 2 0.3 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.20
CF Totals 455 348 9,678 1,052 2.3 1,033 1,007 26 19 8 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.88
RF Totals 123 43 1,631 138 1.1 135 133 2 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.23
LF Totals 52 18 663 52 1.0 52 51 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.12
9 Years 630 409 11,972 1,242 2.0 1,220 1,191 29 22 8 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.75

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Ruben Rivera Miscellaneous Stats

1995 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 4 0 0.0 1.0 0.0 - - -
1996 Yankees 6 2 .750 3 10 0 44.0 3.4 5.5 - - -
1997 Padres 2 1 .667 7 5 0 0.0 2.2 20.0 - - -
1998 Padres 5 1 .833 10 15 0 28.7 3.3 5.9 - - -
1999 Padres 18 7 .720 11 8 0 17.9 2.9 8.6 - - -
2000 Padres 8 4 .667 3 5 0 24.9 3.1 7.4 - - -
2001 Reds 6 3 .667 27 11 0 26.3 3.2 7.7 - - -
2002 Rangers 4 2 .667 2 3 1 39.5 3.5 11.3 - - -
2003 Giants 1 0 1.000 8 2 0 25.0 3.6 12.5 - - -
9 Years 50 20 .714 71 63 1 24.8 3.1 7.8 - - -

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Ruben Rivera Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1995 New York Yankees 17 $109,000.00 - -
1996 New York Yankees 47 , 28 $109,000.00 - -
1997 San Diego Padres 28 $158,000.00 - -
1998 San Diego Padres 28 $182,500.00 - Stats
1999 San Diego Padres 28 $265,000.00 - -
2000 San Diego Padres 28 $700,000.00 - -
2001 Cincinnati Reds 28 $1,000,000.00 - -
2002 Texas Rangers 24 $600,000.00 - -
2003 San Francisco Giants 21 $500,000.00 - -
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Ruben Rivera was a Major League Baseball player with the New York Yankees (1995-1996), San Diego Padres (1997-2000), Cincinnati Reds (2001), Texas Rangers (2002), and San Francisco Giants (2003). Ruben was the 29th player from Panama , reaching the majors just a few months after his cousin, future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera .

Ruben Rivera did not start playing baseball until he was 17, yet when scouted, he was considered a centerfield prodigy by age 20. John Stearns , a former New York Mets catcher and manager for the Peoria Javelinas said, "Ruben is the best player I've seen in the 22 years since I signed in baseball. He is the total package, including 40-homer power."

New York Yankees Latin America Scouting Director Herb Raybourn watched Rivera in a private tryout and signed Ruben on the spot for $3,070. The signing bonus was $3,000 and the $70 was compensation for Ruben, who had to miss his work shift on a fishing boat that day to attend the tryout!

Ruben Rivera Biography

Ruben Rivera | New York Daily News | November 17, 1994

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