Martín Maldonado is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player who does baseball catching for the Houston Astros of MLB. Previously, he played with four other names including Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago Cubs. He has won Gold Glove Award and a Fielding Bible Award in 2017. In 2021, he was being described by the New York Times as arguably the worst hitter in baseball following a season in which he batted .172.
Martín Maldonado was born on 16th August 1986 in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. He has not mentioned enough about his educational details. However, he has been a successful player in the baseball profession.
Martín Maldonado Career
In 2005, he played again for Arizona with rookie-level Orem Owlz. Following the same year in 2006, he played again for Arizona Angels and batted for .222/.329/.270, after which he was released. The time when he started playing for Milwaukee Brewers in 2007, he first signed a minor league contract and played for the West Virginia Power while batting for .221/.309/.288. Following the same year in 2008, he played for the Brevard County Manatees and later for the Huntsville Stars. He made his major league debut on 3rd September 2011 when he played continuous three games for the Brewers after being called up. He was called up again in May 2012 when the starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy went down because of his hand injury that was further made after he was hit by a suitcase thrown by his wife.
In total, Maldonado played almost 78 games for the Brewers in 2012. On 13th December 2016, Maldonado and the pitcher named Drew Gagnon were traded to the Los Angeles Angels for the catcher Jett Bandy after which Maldonado was called for being the starting catcher. He played for overall career-high 138 games in 2017 while batting for .221 with almost 14 home runs and 38 RBIs. Due to his particular performance of the 2017 season, he won the title of Rawlings Gold Glove Award. On 28th July 2018, the Angels traded Maldonado to the Houston Astros where he passed for almost 13 passed balls and was named as being the second-most among the AL catchers. He batted for .105/.150/.316 and became the free agent to play baseball on 29th October.
Rise to Fame
Maldonado was contracted to play with Kansas City Royals after the catcher Salvador Perez was hit by an elbow injury at the season end. He batted for .227/.291/.366 the same year for the Royals and played over 74 games. On 15th July, Maldonado was traded to Chicago Cubs in exchange for the left-handed pitcher named Mike Montgomery. He played and remained with the team for an overall period of 16 days.
On 31st July 2019, the Cubs traded Maldonado to the Houston Astros in exchange for another player named Tony Kemp who was there in the team as an outfielder. The same year, he batted for .202/.316/.464 and appeared in 27 games with a hit over six home runs with the run-scoring for 56%. He made his first career home run in the World Series in Game 2 with nine innings against Washington Nationals reliever Javy Guerra.
Martín Maldonado Biography
|Real Name||Martín Benjamin Maldonado Valdes|
|Birth Date||August 16, 1986|
|Age (as of 2021)||35 Years|
|Birth Place||Naguabo, Puerto Rico|
|Profession||Professional Baseball Player|
|Height||in feet inches – 6’ 0” – in Centimeters – 182 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 104 kg – in Pounds – 230 lbs|
|Shoe Size||11 (U.S.)|
|Who is his wife?||Janelise Maldonado|
Martin Maldonado is a married man who tied the knot to his love of life Janelise Maldonado. Not much detail is available about his wife and their wedding. However, it is known that Janelise Maldonado was born on 7th July as she celebrates her birthday every 7 of July month. She belongs to Puerto Rican and is the sweetheart of her husband Martin. The couple is having two children.
Martín Maldonado Net Worth
On 11th March 2019, Maldonado signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals that was worth $2.5 million. He was pitched with nearly half a year to one year contract. On 23rd December 2019, he made another contract with the Astros with a worth of $7 million for two years. On 21st April 2021, he agreed on extending the contract for one year with the extension worth $5 million with Astros along with the vesting option of $5 million for the 2023 season.
- After appearing in a game against Pittsburgh Pirates on 18th April 2014 (after two days), he punched the pirate outfielder Travis Snider in his face that left the outfielder with a cut under a black eye.
- Due to that behavior, Maldonado was charged with suspension from the next five games with a fine of $2,500 that made him lose $16,200 that he could earn from his appearances.
- He batted for .195 in 2021 that was one of the lowest batting of all the seasons between 2019 and 2021 with an overall 800 or more plate appearances.