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Tony Batista | First Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (44) / 12/9/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Nationals sent infielders Tony Batista and D'Angelo Jimenez outright to Triple-A Columbus.
Both will surely become free agents. Batista hit .257/.347/.347 in 101 at-bats while being used mostly as a pinch-hitter by the Nats. Fri, Oct 12, 2007 02:04:00 PM

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Nationals purchased the contract of infielder Tony Batista from Triple-A Columbus.

Batista was off to a .290/.350/.542 start for Columbus, but the Nationals should have let him be. He has no future at all with the team, and any at-bats they give to him would be better used on Ronnie Belliard and Kory Casto.
Tue, May 8, 2007 06:33:00 PM

Tony Batista missed the cycle by a single Thursday for Triple-A Columbus.

Batista is batting .326/.340/.478 in 46 at-bats. The Nationals hope to never have any use for the 33-year-old, but if he keeps hitting over .300, perhaps another team will want him as a part-time player.
Fri, Apr 20, 2007 03:12:00 PM

Tony Batista is expected to depart for his native Dominican Republic early next week to secure his work visa -- without which, by law, he cannot participate in games for which tickets are sold.

When he returns, Batista will likely rejoin the Nationals, but he's already been told to expect to start the season in Triple-A Columbus.
Sat, Mar 17, 2007 12:18:00 PM

Nationals signed third baseman Tony Batista to a minor league contract.

Batista's strong Caribbean Series didn't help him as much as hoped, as he's not even getting an invitation to major league camp. Barring an injury to Ryan Zimmerman, the 33-year-old shouldn't have any chance of making the Nationals.
Wed, Feb 14, 2007 04:40:00 PM

Free agent Tony Batista, who is off to a fantastic start in the Caribbean World Series, says that he has Triple-A offers from three major league teams.

None of the contract proposals include an invitation to major league spring training, however. Batista hit .236/.303/.388 in 178 at-bats for the Twins before being released in June. He likely will sign with a club after the Caribbean World Series concludes.
Mon, Feb 5, 2007 02:17:00 PM

Free agent Tony Batista homered and delivered a game-winning sac fly in the bottom of the 18th as the Dominican Republic beat Venezuela 4-3 Friday in the first game of the Caribbean World Series.

Miguel Tejada also homered. Jose Lima started for the D.R. and allowed two runs in five innings. Santiago Ramirez, Leo Nunez, Jose Vargas, Joel Peralta, Julio DePaula held Veneuzuela scoreless for the next 10 1/3 innings. In his third inning of work, Hector Almonte gave up an unearned run in the 18th, but the D.R. came back on Bernie Castro's RBI single and Batista's fly to center. The star for Venezuela was Ronny Cedeno, who went 3-for-7 with two RBI and a walk. Mariners prospect Yorman Bazardo guaranteed that he wouldn't clear waivers by striking out five in three scoreless innings.
Fri, Feb 2, 2007 10:52:00 PM

Twins released third baseman Tony Batista.

Batista was designated for assignment following Tuesday's game. He'll try to land a spot on another team's bench. Even the Padres, who really need help at third base, don't figure to have any interest in making him a regular again.
Mon, Jun 19, 2006 05:00:00 PM

Twins designated third baseman Tony Batista for assignment.

Given that Batista can still hit the occasional homer, he might not be useless as a bench player. However, that's all he is at age 32. It might be a while before anyone takes a chance on him. Barring a surprise move, the Twins will have Juan Castro, Jason Bartlett, Nick Punto, Luis Rodriguez and Terry Tiffee share time between shortstop and third base. About the only thing that's guaranteed in the arrangement is that Punto will be in the lineup at one of the positions when the Twins are facing a left-hander.
Wed, Jun 14, 2006 01:22:00 AM

The Twins are planning on releasing Tony Batista prior to Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

Only three months too late. Batista hit just .236/.303/.388 in 178 at-bats, and he was a liability on defense. The Twins are calling up Jason Bartlett to replace him. It's likely that Bartlett will get a lot of time at third base, with Juan Castro and Nick Punto sliding over to third base. Luis Rodriguez will also be in the mix.
Tue, Jun 13, 2006 11:50:00 PM

Tony Batista went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer against the Brewers on Sunday.

Manager Ron Gardenhire indicated on Thursday that the Twins my be close to cutting Batista, but the third basemen has reached base seven times and homered twice in three games since the statement. With the Twins not willing to put Michael Cuddyer back at third and lacking other interesting alternatives, Batista has bought himself some more time with the organization.
Sun, May 21, 2006 06:00:00 PM

Tony Batista hit his ninth career grand slam off the Brewers' Jose Capellan in the Twins' victory on Friday night.

Well, this will probably buy him at least two more weeks. The slam gives him four homers and 16 RBI in 35 games this season. He's not helping the Twins, but he's a decent AL-only third baseman for as long as the team sticks with him.
Fri, May 19, 2006 11:21:00 PM

Manager Ron Gardenhire indicated Thursday that the Twins may be close to cutting Tony Batista.

About time. Batista was a bad idea this offseason and after showing very little offensively or defensively so far he's an even worse idea now. "I'm trying to see if Batista gets hot, like he's known to do," Gardenhire said. "And if it doesn't work out here, then you try something else." The Twins are unwilling to move Michael Cuddyer back to third base, which leaves them with a "Plan B" consisting of several light-hitting utility men.
Fri, May 19, 2006 09:43:00 AM

Tony Batista has been moved into the cleanup spot for Tuesday night's game against the Angels.

Moving Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau and Batista all up one spot would have made more sense. Instead, Batista leapfrogged the other two players following a very good second week. He's capable of staying hot for a while, but he shouldn't spend too much time in the cleanup spot.
Tue, Apr 18, 2006 07:02:00 PM

Tony Batista delivered a three-run homer and a double in the Twins' 7-6 defeat of the A's on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, Batista is probably going to have just enough games like this to remain in the lineup. He's 4-for-20 in six games, but all four of his hits have gone for extra-bases. He's homered twice and doubled twice.
Tue, Apr 11, 2006 11:34:00 PM

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