Olmedo Sáenz Sánchez (born October 8, 1970 in Chitré, Panama) is a Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets organization. Primarily a pinch hitter, he occasionally plays first base or third base.
Sáenz signed with the Chicago White Sox as an undrafted free agent on May 11, , and begin his pro baseball career in the minor league's in with the South Bend White Sox of the Single-A Midwest League. His minor league career in the White Sox organization (1991-) also included stops with the Single-A Sarasota White Sox, Double-A Birmingham Barons, Triple-A Nashville Sounds and the Triple-A Calgary Cannons. He missed most of the season because of a torn achilles tendon suffered in spring training.
He had a brief major league call-up with the White Sox in , making his major league debut at third base against the Baltimore Orioles on May 28, 1994. He got one hit in three at bats in that game, collecting his first hit in the third inning against Ben McDonald. He had 2 hits in 14 at bats during the five games he spent on the White Sox roster before returning to Nashville.
Released by the White Sox, Sáenz signed as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics on November 13, 1998, and made the Athletics opening day roster. He was used primarily as a designated hitter during his four seasons with Oakland, getting occasional playing time at either 1st or 3rd.
A question mark because of his injury history, Sáenz was not retained by the A's and wound up attending spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-roster invitee, earning a spot on their roster as the primary right-handed pinch hitter. He was part of Major League history when, on September 8, he hit a pinch-hit grand slam homer, marking the first time in MLB history that a team had a pinchhit grand slam in back-to-back games, as Robin Ventura hit one on September 7.
He was one of the Dodgers' most consistent players coming off the bench. Sáenz is well known as being a dead fastball hitter. He rarely plays in the field anymore, making only an occasional start at either first or third base.
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