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Jose Cruz MLB Career Stats

4724 .247 204 624 113 .783

Jose Cruz Bio

  • Full Name: Jose Luis Cruz Jr.
  • Nickname: Cheito
  • Born: 4/19/1974 in Arroyo, Puerto Rico
  • Draft: 1995, Seattle Mariners, 1st rd. (3rd overall)
  • College: Rice
  • Debut: 5/31/1997
  • Last Game: 6/5/2008
  • Relationship(s): son of Jose Cruz, father of Trei Cruz, nephew of Tommy Cruz, nephew of Hector Cruz, grandfather of Antonio Cruz
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MLB Career Stats 4724 713 1167 204 624 113 .247 .337 .783


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Jose Cruz Stats

*Since 2006

Jose Cruz Advanced Stats

*Since 2006
*Since 2006

Jose Cruz Statcast Events


Jose Cruz Awards

Rawlings NL Gold Glove

Year Team League
2003 San Francisco NL

AL Player of the Week

Week Team League
05/07/2000 Toronto AL
10/07/2001 Toronto AL
05/23/2004 Tampa Bay AL

Jose Cruz Leaderboards

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
1997 26 24th in AL
2000 31 19th in AL
2001 34 10th in AL

Stolen Bases

Season SB Rank
2000 15 24th in AL
2001 32 7th in AL

On-base Plus Slugging

Season OPS Rank
2001 .857 22nd in AL

Slugging Percentage

Season SLG Rank
2001 .530 16th in AL

Runs Scored

Season R Rank
2001 92 24th in AL


Season BB Rank
2003 102 7th in NL
2004 76 10th in AL
2005 65 24th in NL


Season 2B Rank
2001 38 10th in AL


Season 3B Rank
2000 5 12th in AL
2002 5 21st in AL
2004 8 6th in AL

Games Played

Season G Rank
2000 162 1st in AL
2003 158 9th in NL
2004 153 18th in AL

At Bats

Season AB Rank
2000 603 14th in AL
2001 577 25th in AL

Plate Appearances

Season PA Rank
2000 681 15th in AL

Total Bases

Season TB Rank
2001 306 15th in AL


Season SO Rank
1997 117 18th in AL
2000 129 10th in AL
2001 138 7th in AL
2003 121 16th in NL
2004 117 14th in AL

Caught Stealing

Season CS Rank
2003 8 11th in NL
2004 6 21st in AL

Jose Luis Cruz Jr. Bio Info

Jose L. Cruz, Jr....he and his wife, Sarah, have two sons, Trei (7/5/98) and Antonio (6/27/99), and a daughter, Alisa Loren (1/16/02)...was a 1992 graduate of Bellaire (Houston, TX) High School, leading his squad to the No. 1 ranking by USA Today...his father, Jose Sr., batted .284 in 2,353 Major League games from 1970-88 with St. Louis, Houston and the New York Yankees...Jose Jr. is also the nephew of former big leaguers Hector Cruz and Tommy Cruz...all three Cruz brothers were outfielders and each were members of the 1973 St. Louis Cardinals...Hector also played for the Cubs, Giants and Reds (1973-82), and Tommy had brief stints with the Cardinals (1973) and White Sox (1977). 2006 SUMMARY: Cruz played in 86 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006, appearing at all three outfield positions. The 32-year-old batted .233 (52-for-223) with 16 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 17 RBI and five stolen bases before he was designated for assignment on Aug. 1. batted .313 (21-for-67) vs. left-handers while posting a .199 (35-for-156) batting average vs. right-handers.

OPENING ACT: started the season with a hot bat, notching four hits in his first 13 at-bats including a 4-for-6 showing on Opening Day vs. Atlanta. 2005 Joined the Dodgers on Aug. 9 and was one of the club's most productive hitters down the stretch, batting .301 with six homers, 22 RBI and a .366 on-base percentage in 47 games with the club ... Finished the season with 193 career home runs, which ranks sixth among active switch-hitters and 19th all time from both sides of the plate ... Spent the first part of the season with Arizona before being dealt to Boston, where he spent 10 days with the Red Sox prior to being dealt to the Dodgers for a player-to-be-named later (Tony Schrager) ... Became the seventh player in Dodger history to homer from both sides of the plate when he did so for the second time in his career on Sept. 7 vs. San Francisco ... Batted .325 (26-for-80) vs. left-handed pitchers (as a right-handed hitter) yet registered 15 of his 18 home runs and all but 11 of his RBI as a left-handed hitter ... While with the Dodgers, batted .311 (27-for-74) on the road and .293 (24-for-82) with five homers and 14 RBI at Dodger Stadium ... Logged his first hit as a Dodger on Aug. 18 at Atlanta, going 2-for-3 with a walk in the team's 7-4 victory ... Had a single, double and triple on Aug. 31 at Chicago, drawing a walk in his chance to hit for the cycle in the eighth inning ... Hit his first homer as a Dodger and 13th of the season on Sept. 6 vs. San Francisco off Brett Tomko. 2004 In his first and only year with the Devil Rays, started 148 games and shattered the franchise home run record for a switch-hitter, belting 21 and bettering Randy Winn's previous mark by seven ... Earned American League Player of the Week honors for the third time May 17-23, hitting .438 with four doubles, two homers and eight RBI, to go with a Devil Rays' record streak of five consecutive extra-base hits from May 21-22 ... Batted .264 (42-for-159) with six home runs from the right side and .233 (90-for-386) with 15 homers from the left ... Led the AL with 20 walks in June while knocking in 21 runs as the Rays went 20-6, their best month ever ... Hit .298 with 28 RBI and 27 walks during Tampa Bay's 26-7 run from May 20-June 26 ... Tied Randy Winn's Tampa Bay record for extra-base hits with four in the Rays' 5-3 win over Cleveland on May 21, picking up three doubles and slugging a home run. 2003 Led the Giants in games (158), participating in 149 of the first 150 before the division crown was clinched on Sept. 17 ... Won his first career Rawlings Gold Glove as voted by league managers and coaches, committing only two errors on the year while setting a San Francisco record with 18 outfield assists, second in the Majors to Richard Hidalgo ... Finished seventh in the NL with 102 walks and was one of seven big leaguers to walk 100 times and fan 100 times (Bobby Abreu, Lance Berkman, Jim Thome, Jason Giambi, Carlos Delgado and Frank Thomas) ... His 20 home runs matched Marquis Grissom for second on the club behind Barry Bonds ... Became just the ninth player to reach McCovey Cove on July 8 vs. St. Louis, drilling a three-run first-inning splashdown off Dan Haren ... Opened the season hitting safely in 29 of his first 34 games at a .320 clip (40-for-125) ... Finished the season by batting .313 (20-for-64) in the last 19 games. 2002 Started 118 games for the Blue Jays, 52 in left field, 46 in right and 20 in center ... Despite a month on the disabled list, finished tied for eighth in the league with nine outfield assists ... Hit .253 with 15 home runs from the left side of the dish ... Set a career-high with six RBI on June 25 at Tampa Bay, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a homer. 2001 His 34-homer, 32-stolen base season was the only 30-30 campaign in the American League and one of three in the majors (Vladimir Guerrero and Bobby Abreu) ... Second 30/30 by a Blue Jay, after Shawn Green's 1998 campaign (35 homer and 35 thefts) ... Earned the Jays' MVP honor as voted by the Toronto chapter of the BBWAA ... Finished the season ranked seventh in the AL in stolen bases, tied for sixth in extra-base hits (76), tied for 10th in doubles, 10th in home runs off of right-handed pitching (26) and fifth in road homers (19) ... Started 141 games, including 132 in center field and nine in right ... Enjoyed power surge in second half, clubbing 23 of his 34 roundtrippers after the All-Star break to match the Tribe's Jim Thome for second most in the AL ... Belted 12 homers in August to lead the league and match Toronto's club record for most in a month (Carlos Delgado, August 1999) ... Enjoyed a career-best 19-game hitting streak from April 4-27, batting .370 (27-for-73) with six home runs and 18 RBI ... Finished the season by capturing AL Player-of-the-Week honors for Oct. 1-7 after hitting .423 (11-for-26) with four homers and 11 RBI. 2000 Was the seventh Blue Jay in club history to play in all 162 games ... Hit 26 of his 31 home runs off of right-handed pitching ... Was the AL Player-of-the-Week for May 1-7 after hitting .387 with nine runs, three doubles, four homers, nine RBI and five walks ... Homered in three consecutive games from May 5-7 at Cleveland's Jacobs Field ... Connected for his 20th home run in the next-to-last game prior to All-Star break, giving Toronto the first set of four teammates in Major League history to each hit 20 homers prior to Midsummer Classic (also Tony Batista, Carlos Delgado and Raul Mondesi) ... Was one of four Blue Jays to hit 30 home runs overall (Batista, Delgado and Brad Fullmer), just the second team in AL history to produce a quartet of 30-homer hitters (Anaheim in 2000) ... Jays were also the second team in league history to boast seven players with 20 or more home runs. 1999 Split time between Toronto and Triple-A Syracuse ... Had a seven-game stretch from May 8-16, going 8-for-28 with all eight hits good for extra bases (five doubles, a triple and two homers) ... Appeared in 16 games with Blue Jays down the stretch, making 11 starts while hitting at a .361 clip (13-for-36) with three homers and 10 RBI. 1998 Split time between Toronto and Triple-A Syracuse, starting 96 games for the Jays, 95 in center field and one in left ... Recalled on July 30 and excelled, hitting .366 in August (37-for-101) with 11 doubles, five homers and 28 RBI. 1997 Playing for Seattle and Toronto, finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting behind unanimous winner Nomar Garciaparra ... Received second or third place votes on 25 of the 28 ballots ... Was named to the TOPPS Major League Rookie All-Star Team ... Opened the season with Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle chain, but was recalled to the Majors on May 31, making his big league debut that day vs. Detroit as the starting left fielder ... Recorded his first Major League hit on June 2 with a double off of Toronto's Luis Andujar ... Hammered his first big league homer the next day on June 3 off the Jays' Woody Williams ... Collected his first career multi-homer game on June 6 at Detroit, clubbing a pair of two-run shots off Omar Oliveras ... Was hitting .268 with 12 homers and 34 RBI when he was dealt to Toronto on July 31 in exchange for Mike Timlin and Paul Spoljaric ... Made his Blue Jay debut on Aug. 1 at Tiger Stadium and belted a two-run homer off Dan Miceli in his first game ... Joined Roberto Alomar as just second player in franchise history to homer from both sides of plate, going deep twice on Aug. 24 at Kansas City ... Finished second among AL rookies in home runs (26), RBI (68), extra-base hits (46) and outfield assists (4), while ranking third in multi-hit games (28), runs (59) and total bases (197). 1996 Named the Mariners' organizational Player of the Year after combining for 17 doubles, 15 homers and 89 RBI in 122 games while making a tour of Seattle's system ... Was named to the mid-season California League All-Star team ... After hitting .325 with 6 homers and 43 RBI in 53 games, was promoted to Double-A Port City ... At Port City, batted .282 with three homers and 31 RBI in 47 games, earning a late-season promotion to Tacoma, where he hit six homers and knocked in 15 in 22 Pacific Coast League games. 1995 Made his professional debut with Single-A Everett, singling in his first pro at bat ... Just three games into his stay in Everett, was promoted to Single-A Riverside, driving in 29 runs and scoring 34 in just 35 games ... Played winter ball for Santurce in Puerto Rico, a club that was managed by his father.