|Chiba Lotte Marines – No. 54|
Born: June 17, 1986|
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
|2008 Beijing||National team|
|Baseball World Cup|
|2007 Taipei||National team|
|2009 Nettuno||National team|
|2010 Taichung||National team|
|Pan American Games|
|2011 Guadalajara||National team|
|Central American and Caribbean Games|
Alfredo Despaigne Rodriguez (born June 17, 1986) is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball. He is widely considered to be among the best players playing outside the United States. He was named the Best Hitter at the 2007 World Port Tournament, and was also a part of the Cuban team which won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Despaigne burst onto the scene after posting an impressive season in 2007, afterwards earning a key role on Cuba’s National Team. In 2009, Despaigne had one of the most dominating seasons in Cuban Baseball history, breaking the Cuban Home Run record while hitting .373 with 97 RBI’s. Following the season, he was named MVP of the National Series. Despaigne has again been excellent in 2010, ranking among the best hitters in various statistical categories.
He signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines on July 15, 2014. Despaigne appeared in 45 games, hitting .311, with 12 home runs and 33 runs batted in. After the season, the Marines signed him to a two-year contract.
Despaigne won with his national team, the gold medal of the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico.
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- "Veracruz 2014: Cuba, campeón del béisbol centroamericano". Cubasi.cu (in Spanish). 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
- "Cuba gana medalla de oro en béisbol". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). Veracruz, Mexico. EFE. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-28.