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Jose Vidro | Designated Hitter

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (40) / 8/27/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Mariners placed DH Jose Vidro on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release.
Vidro was designated for assignment last week despite some hot hitting since the All-Star break, and the Mariners couldn't find a trade partner. He could still catch on somewhere as a bat off the bench. Wed, Aug 13, 2008 06:35:00 PM

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Mariners designated DH Jose Vidro for assignment.

Vidro finally gets the heave ho despite hitting .340/.354/.489 in 47 at-bats since the All-Star break. He wasn't doing the Mariners any good anyway, and it was past time that the team went with younger players. His at-bats will go to Jeff Clement and Wladimir Balentien.
Tue, Aug 5, 2008 06:52:00 PM

Jose Vidro had a welt on his cheek Sunday after his foul ball bounced off the plate and hit him in the face in the third inning.

Unfortunately, it was the hardest he's hit the ball this year. Vidro ended up coming out of the game in the seventh. He'll probably be available on Monday, but it's unlikely that he'll start a second straight game in an NL park.
Sun, Jun 22, 2008 09:18:00 PM

Jose Vidro went 0-for-5 as the Mariners' designated hitter and No. 3 hitter on Tuesday.

The Mariners aren't ready to play Jeff Clement against lefties, so Vidro will still get some at-bats. There's just no reason for them to come from the third spot in the order. He's 0-for-13 over his last three games, dropping his average to .210.
Wed, Jun 18, 2008 01:01:00 AM

Jose Vidro hit a three-run homer Saturday and finished 2-for-4, but the Mariners lost to the Yankees.

Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre also homered, but the Yankees' offense could not be contained. The homer was Vidro's third and his RBI total shot up to 22 after today, but he remains one of the least efficient DHs around.
Sat, May 24, 2008 04:23:00 PM

Jose Vidro singled as a pinch-hitter Friday in his first appearance since suffering back spasms.

It worked out (kind of), but it was still incredible to see a .193-hitting singles hitter pinch-hit for a .259-hitting singles hitter, especially after four guys with a combined average around .210 were allowed to hit in a scoreless eighth. Is it any wonder the Mariners are 16-27?
Sat, May 17, 2008 01:29:00 AM

Jose Vidro didn't start Tuesday's game because of back spasms.

That's what happens when he's asked to play the field. Sadly, the Mariners were forced to go back to Miguel Cairo at first base with both Richie Sexson and Vidro unavailable. Greg Norton certainly isn't anything special, but he would have come in handy right about now.
Tue, May 13, 2008 10:13:00 PM

Jose Vidro hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday night to lift the Mariners to a 4-2 victory over the Orioles.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Jeremy Guthrie missed on a 3-2 pitch to Adrian Beltre to load the bases. Vidro followed with a single that sneaked past a diving Brian Roberts to score Yuniesky Betancourt and Raul Ibanez. J.J. Putz came on to pitch the ninth and pick up a save in his first appearance since April 1.
Wed, Apr 23, 2008 01:44:00 AM

Jose Vidro finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Mariners' win on Wednesday night.

Vidro is now 8 for his last 19, raising his average to .224 on the season. With Jeff Clement hitting .419 with three homers through 42 at-bats in Triple-A, he's going to need to continue the upswing.
Thu, Apr 17, 2008 12:36:00 AM

Jose Vidro went 0-for-3 on Thursday, leaving him with a .139 average through 10 games.

He wasn't any good in spring training, either. Meanwhile, Jeff Clement is 7-for-18 with five walks at Triple-A Tacoma. It could be argued that Clement was the better bet of the two going into the season, so the Mariners may have to think about making a switch if Vidro doesn't improve over the rest of the April. The downside to a possible change is that coming up as a DH now would hurt Clement's chances of making it as a catcher later.
Thu, Apr 10, 2008 03:27:00 PM

Jose Vidro is hitting .184 this spring after going 0-for-4 on Monday.

And it's a weak .184, with just two doubles, three walks and four RBI in 49 at-bats. It's beginning to look more and more likely that Vidro will be out of the second spot in the order at the beginning of the season. If he bats seventh, his value could hit an all-time low.
Mon, Mar 24, 2008 06:38:00 PM

Jose Vidro returned to action as a designated hitter on Saturday and went 1-for-4.

Vidro hadn't played in a week because of a sore right elbow.
Sat, Mar 8, 2008 07:12:00 PM

Jose Vidro is unlikely to play before Friday because of his sore right elbow.

The more time he misses, the more of a chance Jeff Clement will get to show he might be a better option in the DH spot. Still, Vidro is nearly certain to begin the season as a regular.
Tue, Mar 4, 2008 01:06:00 PM

Jose Vidro is considered day-to-day with a sore right elbow.

Vidro might have been overdoing it a bit in workouts at first and second. The Mariners expect to use him more in the field this year than they did last season, assuming that his body holds up.
Mon, Mar 3, 2008 12:56:00 PM

Jose Vidro had two hits, including a two-run homer, for the Mariners on Friday.

He also walked and struck out, raising his BA to .315 with six homers and 55 RBI. He's walked 54 times against just 46 strikeouts. Adrian Beltre also had a big game with two hits and two RBI, including a solo homer.
Fri, Aug 31, 2007 11:40:00 PM