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José Nicolas Tábata (born August 12, 1988) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He was an international signee (2005) of the New York Yankees and, by 2008, became the Yankees' No. 2 prospect. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2010 through 2015.

José Tábata
José Tábata on June 14, 2012.jpg
Tabata with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Free agent
Born: (1988-08-12) August 12, 1988 (age 31)
Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 9, 2010, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average.275
Home runs17
Runs batted in126


New York Yankees systemEdit

At the age of 17, and in his first year of professional ball, Tábata led the Yankees farm system in batting average when he hit .314 for the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2005.

In 2006, Tábata batted .298 for the Low A Charleston RiverDogs. The same year, he was selected to participate in the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game as a member of the World Team, which consisted of 25 highly touted prospects from across the globe. In the game, which was part of the festivities for the 2006 All-Star Game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he played center field while going 1-for-3 with a single off fellow Yankees prospect Phil Hughes.

In 2007, Tábata played for the Single-A Tampa Yankees.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On July 26, 2008, Tábata was acquired by the Pirates with Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutchen from the Yankees in exchange for Xavier Nady and Dámaso Marte.[1]

Tábata was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his major league debut on June 9, 2010. He subsequently singled for his first major league hit in his first at bat.[2] In the top of the fourth, with Neil Walker at bat, Tábata collected the first stolen base of his career. He then tallied his first run of his career, on a single from Walker on the next pitch.

In 2010, he batted .299, and led National League left fielders in range factor/game (2.09). He tied for 8th in the voting for NL Rookie of the Year, behind Ike Davis of the New York Mets.[3]

On August 21, 2011, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced a contract extension for Tábata through 2019. Tábata signed with the Pirates through 2016 for $14.75 million guaranteed, with a $250,000 buyout, and an additional three club option years for 2017–2019.[4] On July 2, 2012, Tábata was sent down to the Pirates' AAA affiliate Indianapolis Indians. Tabata was recalled on August 19, 2012, when Starling Marté was placed on the Disabled list.[5] Tábata started the 2013 season off well. On May 25, 2013, Tábata was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Tábata was batting .272, with two home runs, six RBIs, and a .744 OPS in just 36 games with the pirates. Tábata's .744 OPS was just two points off of his career high OPS which is .746. Tábata finished up the 2013 season with 6 homers, a career best.

Tábata was outrighted off the Pirates roster on June 24, 2014.[6] He was re-added to the roster on August 25, 2014. He was designated for assignment on October 3, 2014.[7] He was called back up by the Pirates on May 19, 2015.

On June 20, 2015, Tábata faced Max Scherzer in the ninth inning, after Scherzer had retired the first 26 batters in order for the Washington Nationals. On a 2–2 count, a pitch inside clipped Tábata on the elbow guard, ending Scherzer's chance for a perfect game. After Tábata took first base, Scherzer induced a fly ball from the next batter that was caught by Michael A. Taylor, preserving a no-hitter for Scherzer. Tábata faced criticism from some baseball fans and analysts after the game for allegedly leaning into the pitch, although he said afterward he had expected Scherzer's slider to break back toward the plate.[8] Scherzer said he did not blame Tábata for breaking up the perfect game, adding, "I probably would have done the same thing."[9][10][11]

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

On July 31, 2015, Tábata was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Michael Morse.[12] He was assigned to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, where he hit .225 in 28 games in 2015 and .244 in 30 games in 2016.[13] Tabata was released by the Dodgers on June 11, 2016.[14]

Tigres de Quintana RooEdit

On June 30, 2016, Tabata signed with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League. He hit .320 in 123 plate appearances in Mexico.[citation needed]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

Tábata signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on February 10, 2017.[15] He spent the entire 2017 season on the disabled list with the Buffalo Bisons, and elected free agency on November 7.[16]

York RevolutionEdit

On February 21, 2018, Tábata signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was released on June 8, 2018.

Guerreros de OaxacaEdit

On July 3, 2018, Tabata signed with the Guerreros de Oaxaca of the Mexican League. He was released on July 10, 2018.[citation needed]


On March 23, 2009, Tábata's wife, Amalia Tábata Pereira, who is 23 years his senior, was arrested and charged with abduction after allegedly kidnapping a two-month-old girl in Florida by posing as an immigration officer; the baby was found unharmed in a shopping center later the same day.[17] Tábata told the media that Pereira, whom he married in January 2008, had told him that she had given birth and that the baby was his.[18] They divorced in early 2010.

Tábata married his second wife, Auromar, in early 2011 to and the couple have a daughter, Barbara (born September 29, 2011).[19][20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hoch, Bryan (July 26, 2008). "Yanks complete deal for Nady, Marte". Retrieved July 26, 2008.
  2. ^ Jeff Seidel. "Tabata singles in first big league at-bat". Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 16, 2010). "Sanchez falls short in NL Rookie of Year bid". Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Karen Price (August 22, 2011). "Pirates finalize extension with Tabata". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Pirates place Marte on DL with oblique strain
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates Decide to Demote Jose Tabata After Activating Neil Walker".
  7. ^ Singer, Tom (October 3, 2014). "Pirates acquire pitcher Guilmet from Orioles". Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (June 20, 2015). "Nationals' Scherzer falls 1 batter short of perfect game, no-hits Pirates". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Did Jose Tabata lean in, ruin Max Scherzer's perfect game?". Sports Illustrated. June 20, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Did Jose Tabata lean into a pitch to break up Max Scherzer's perfect game?". USA Today. June 20, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Greenberg, Andy (June 20, 2015). "Can of Corncast: Your 2015 Fantasy Baseball All-Stars". Arizona Sports. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Shaikin, Bill (July 31, 2015). "Trade deadline passes quietly for Dodgers, who pick up Pirates' Jose Tabata". LA Times. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  13. ^ "Jose Tabata minor league statistics & history". Baseball Reference.
  14. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 11, 2016). "Dodgers release Jose Tabata". SB Nation. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  15. ^ Todd, Jeff (February 10, 2017). "Blue Jays To Sign Jose Tabata". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  16. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 7, 2017). "Minor League Free Agents 2017". Baseball America. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  17. ^ "Abducted Baby's Father: Why Us?". The Tampa Tribune. March 26, 2009. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
  18. ^ Wife Claimed Pregnancy, Showed Off Baby ESPN, March 27, 2009
  19. ^ Pirates [@Pirates] (30 September 2011). "Congratulations to Jose Tabata and his wife Auromar, who gave birth to the couple's first child (Barbara) Thursday at 8:22 pm" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (September 18, 2011). "Tabata facing his challenges with help from Silverio". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 28, 2014.

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