Marty Cordova

Marty Cordova

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Martin Keevin "Marty" Cordova (born July 10, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada), is an American former Major League Baseball left fielder. He played for the Minnesota Twins (1995–1999), Toronto Blue Jays (2000), Cleveland Indians (2001) and Baltimore Orioles (2002–2003). Before embarking on a major league career, Cordova played six seasons in the minor leagues.

Baseball career

Cordova began his pro career in the minors in 1989 with the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League. After a season in rookie ball Cordova moved up to class A and spent the 1990 season with the Kenosha Twins of the Mid West League. Cordova would then go onto spend the next two seasons with the Visalia Oaks of the California League 1991-1992. After spending three years in class A, Cordova made the move up to double A. In 1993 Cordova joined the Nashville Xpress of the Southern League.

A promising and talented player, Cordova was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1995. He took the honor over, among others, Garret Anderson, Andy Pettitte, Troy Percival and Shawn Green, after hitting .277 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI for the Twins. His second season saw career-highs in batting average (.309), RBI (111), runs (97) and doubles (46).

Cordova had the potential to hit for average and power, but was often bothered by back injuries over his career. Between 1997 and 2000, he missed 240 games while on the injured list. In January 2000, the Boston Red Sox signed Cordova to a minor league...
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