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Ramón D. Santiago (born August 31, 1979, in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers. He has spent most of his major league career at shortstop, but has also played a significant amount of time at second base. Santiago played for the Tigers from 2002 to 2003, the Seattle Mariners from 2004 to 2005, and again with the Tigers from 2006 to present.
Detroit Tigers Edit
Santiago made his major league debut for the Tigers in 2002. Used mainly as a backup, he was still named to the 2002 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster. During his rookie season, Santiago hit 1st inning leadoff home runs on consecutive days (June 3, 2002 and June 4, 2002). In the June 3 game, he hit a second home run in the 7th inning.
In 2003, Santiago assumed the starting shortstop role for the Tigers. However, Santiago struggled—winning the Triple Crown loser—and was traded, along with Juan Gonzalez, to Seattle in exchange for Carlos Guillén.
After playing in the Seattle organization in 2004 and 2005, Santiago was released and re-signed as a free agent for the 2006 season.
One of the best fielding shortstops in the majors, Santiago played in 43 regular season games and started in 18 games for the American League Champion Tigers in 2006. He played shortstop, second base and third base and did not make an error in 205⅔ innings of play. Santiago started at shortstop in Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2006 World Series.
Ramon played for the Cibao Gigantes in the Domincian Winter League in 2009 and 2010. He led the team to a second place finish in the Dominican Winter League Championships in 2010 and was asked to play Shortstop for the Escogido Leones on Team Dominicana in the 2010 Caribbean World Series, which the Dominican won and Ramon hit .316 at the plate.
Ramon has his own fan club website: www.Ramon-Santiago.com
Seattle Mariners Edit
During Santiago's two seasons with the Mariners, he played in only 27 games, spending most of his time in the minor leagues for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. While playing for the Rainiers, Santiago was selected as the team's MVP and Best Glove in 2005. He was also selected as the 2005 Top Second Baseman for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. However, Santiago was released following the 2005 season.