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Wladimir Balentien | Outfielder

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/2/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Wladimir Balentien pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges in Florida on Friday.
Balentien set Japan's single-season home run record last year with 60. He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners. The slugger was charged with false imprisonment and battery after a confrontation with his estranged wife in Miami. He is under contract with the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League through 2015. Jan 27 - 9:56 AM

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Wladimir Balentien was arrested in the Miami area this weekend on charges of domestic violence.

According to the Associated Press, Balentien is "facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a weekend confrontation at his wife's Miami-area house." The two are going through a divorce and authorities claim that Balentien broke into the home uninvited. Balentien played for the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League in 2013 and broke Nippon Professional Baseball's single-season home run record. He is under contract with Yakult through 2015.
Jan 13 - 1:37 PM

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that "some within" the Giants organization have discussed the possibility of acquiring Wladimir Balentien from the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League.

Balentien, a former top prospect with the Mariners, has connected for a record-breaking 56 home runs this season in Japan. It's worth noting that the conversations within the organization have been theoretical and have not involved general manager Brian Sabean. "He wants to come back," said Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens. "That's what he told me two or three weeks ago. His dream is to come back and play in the major leagues." One complication for a return to the majors is that Balentien is under contract with the Swallows for two more seasons.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 02:40:00 PM

Wladimir Balentien tied the single-season Japanese single-season home run record by corking No. 55 on Wednesday.

He equaled the feat previously accomplished by three players: Sadaharu Oh in 1964, Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Alex Cabrera in 2002. Balentien, who played for the Reds and Mariners, hit 31 homers in each of the past two seasons for the Yakult Swallows. He has 21 games left to break one of Japan's most fabled records.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 08:59:00 AM

Wladimir Balentien is rapidly approaching the Japanese single-season home run record, having swatted 54 long balls including his first-inning blast on Tuesday.

The single-season record stands at 55 home runs, achieved by legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh and matched by Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes and Alex Cabrera. Balentien missed the first 12 games of the season due to injury, and has amassed his 54 homers in just 108 games. With 23 games left on the schedule, the 29-year-old Balentien will top that list before the end of the season.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that Wladimir Balentien has re-signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League on a three-year, $7.5 million deal.

It's a nice little payday for Balentien, who has played the previous two seasons in Japan after washing out of MLB. Balentien is still just 28 years old.
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 01:47:00 PM

Wladimir Balentien has signed with a team in Japan.

Balentien never caught on state-side, registering a .221/.281/.374 career batting line and 149 strikeouts over 511 major league at-bats. If he plays well enough in Japan, he may be able to find a spot on a big league roster for 2012. It's not yet known which Japanese club he signed with.
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 08:56:00 AM

Reds sent OF Wladimir Balentien outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Balentien, 25, hit .234/.305/.385 with seven homers and 24 RBI in 295 plate appearances between the Mariners and Reds last season. With an intriguing power profile in the minors, it's mildly surprising he didn't garner more interest.
Wed, Apr 14, 2010 02:24:00 PM

Red designated OF Wladimir Balentien for assignment.

The 25-year-old outfielder went 16-for-49 (.327) this spring, but the Reds have a rather full outfield and Balentien was out of minor league options. Other clubs are likely to show interest.
Mon, Apr 5, 2010 11:33:00 AM

Wladimir Balentien was used as a defensive replacement Monday in his first action in four days.

Balentien has been troubled by a finger injury. What little fantasy value he had would seem to be pretty much gone now with Jay Bruce back.
Tue, Sep 15, 2009 02:47:00 AM

Wladimir Balentien was scratched from Friday's series opener against the Cubs with an undisclosed injury.

Darnell McDonald is filling in out in right field. Balentien, acquired from the Mariners in late July, is batting .261/.363/.420 with six doubles, two homers and 14 RBI through 88 at-bats with his new team.
Fri, Sep 11, 2009 11:53:00 AM

Reds acquired outfielder Wladimir Balentien from the Mariners for RHP Robert Manuel.

Balentien certainly has some power potential (12 homers in 401 career major league at-bats), but he also has a miserable 619 OPS and 122/29 K/BB ratio in his brief big league career. He's likely to fill a reserve role for the Reds initially and should only have value in deeper NL-only leagues.
Wed, Jul 29, 2009 05:44:00 PM

Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that the Reds have acquired outfielder Wladimir Balentien from the Mariners in exchange for RHP Robert Manuel.

The Cincinnati outfield is somewhat depleted at the moment, so there's no harm in taking a shot on Balentien despite some very evident flaws in his approach at the plate. The 26-year-old Manuel had a 2.70 ERA in 46 2/3 innings at Triple-A this season and has pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Reds this month. He could be a useful asset in the Seattle bullpen.
Wed, Jul 29, 2009 03:26:00 PM

Mariners designate outfielder Wladimir Balentien for assignment.

This is quite a signal sent by a team who once viewed Balentien as a future staple of their outfield. But with just 12 home runs and a 30 percent strikeout rate in 401 major league at-bats, the Mariners were clearly unhappy with his progress. Remember that he is just 25 years old, with plus-power, so he'll find a new home before long.
Sat, Jul 25, 2009 02:01:00 PM

Wladimir Balentien returned to action Thursday and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Angels.

Balentien hadn't played in five days because of a sprained left wrist. He missed out on a good opportunity to earn some additional playing time while Ichiro Suzuki was sidelined.
Fri, Apr 17, 2009 12:58:00 AM

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