|MLB Career Stats||1228||163||284||63||187||4||.231||.314||.752|
|1996||4||25th in AL|
|1995||88||24th in NL|
|1996||158||2nd in AL|
|1997||157||2nd in AL|
Professional:Signed as a minor-league free agent, Jan, 29, 2001...Nieves returns to North America after two years in the Japanese Pacific League with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks...originally signed in 1988 by Pedro Gonzalez and Jorge Posada (the father of the Yankees catcher and current Rockies scout), Melvin embarks on his 14th pro season...he's played all or parts of seven seasons in the majors...during his two seasons (1999-2000) in Japan, his club won its league pennant both years in Japan under manager Sadaharu Oh, the world's career home run leader, who hit 113 more than Hank Aaron...that 1999 JPL title, marked the Hawks' first in 26 years...on two occasions in 1996, the switch hitter homered from both sides of the plate, setting an AL record, before Detroit's Tony Clark did it three times in 1998...during his major league career, he's homered in consecutive games on 10 occasions, including a four-game homer streak (1997) and a three-game stretch (1996)...at Triple-A in 1994, he once homered in five straight contests...his two career grand slams came during a 25-day stretch in August of 1995 with the Padres...Rockies historians might recall Nieves' role in one of the greatest games in Colorado history, June 28, 1994 (Game 1) vs. San Diego; that day, in his first two 1994 major league at-bats, he doubled and homered, helping the Padres to an 8-0 lead; Colorado then mounted its largest come-from-behind win ever, 10-9...Melvin's been traded four times, including the 1993 deal that sent Fred McGriff from San Diego to Atlanta. 2000 Melvin played his final season with the Japanese Pacific League's Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.