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Jose Oquendo #11

St Louis Cardinals 3rd Base Coach, Jose Oquendo. Oquendo is in his 13th season as the Cardinals third-base coach, after joining the club's major league staff in 1999 as bench coach. Upon ending his playing career, he was a field instructor in the Cardinals farm system in 1997 before managing the Redbirds' New Jersey affiliate to a 34-41 finish in 1998.

 

Oquendo's professional playing career spanned 17 seasons and included bigleague duty with the New York Mets (1983-84) and Cardinals (1986-95). Dubbed the "Secret Weapon" during his 10 seasons with the Redbirds, Oquendo established single-season major league records for the highest fielding percentage (.996) and fewest errors by a second baseman (three) in 1990. He also led the league in fielding in 1989 and compiled a .992 fielding average at second base for his career.

 

Oquendo batted .286 for the Cardinals' 1987 pennant-winning club and hit a career-high .291 in 1989 while playing in a league-high 163 games. In 1988, Oquendo became the first National League player since 1918 to play all nine positions in one season.

 

This photo was taken during pregame batting practice at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA.

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Taken on May 28, 2012