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Alex Cabrera is a Venezuelan first baseman and right-handed batter who played in Major League Baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Nippon Professional Baseball for the Seibu Lions in Japan. He is currently playing for the Orix Buffaloes after signing with them prior to the season.
He was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in , and moved to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization before the season. Later, he signed with Arizona and before that, he also played for CPBL's Koos Group Whales in . After staying in the minors for nine seasons, he finally got a shot in the majors in . A muscular slugger , Cabrera hit a home run during his first at-bat. He ended the season with a .262 average, five home runs, 14 RBI, 10 runs, two doubles, one triple and a .500 slugging percentage in 31 games. After that, the Seibu Lions of the Japan Pacific League purchased his contract from Arizona.
In , Cabrera batted .282, with 49 home runs and 124 RBI, and exploded with a .336, 55, 115 batting line in , winning the Pacific League's MVP award. His 55 home runs tied Japan's single-season record, equaling the mark set by the legendary Sadaharu Oh in and matched by former big leaguer Tuffy Rhodes in 2001. Like Rhodes, Cabrera would see few good pitches for the remaining games after tying the record. He maintained his form in , batting .324, 50, 112.
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