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Vincent Antonio Rottino (born April 7, 1980) is an American former professional baseball utility player. He has played positions including catcher, first base, third base, and the outfield.[1]

Vinny Rottino
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Rottino with the Orix Buffaloes in 2013
Utility player
Born: (1980-04-07) April 7, 1980 (age 39)
Racine, Wisconsin
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 1, 2006, for the Milwaukee Brewers
NPB: May 2, 2013, for the Orix Buffaloes
KBO: March 29, 2014, for the Nexen Heroes
Last appearance
MLB: October 2, 2012, for the Cleveland Indians
NPB: August 31, 2013, for the Orix Buffaloes
KBO: October 10, 2014, for the Nexen Heroes
MLB statistics
Batting average.165
Home runs3
Runs batted in11
NPB statistics
Batting average.206
Home runs4
Runs batted in8
KBO statistics
Batting average.306
Home runs2
Runs batted in22

He graduated from St. Catherine's High School in Racine, and then went to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.[1]



Milwaukee BrewersEdit

Rottino originally signed with the Milwaukee Brewers as an undrafted free agent on February 3, 2003.[2] In his fourth year with the Brewers organization, he made his major league debut as a September call up in 2006.[2] He played in nine games and batted .214.[2]

Rottino began the 2007 season in Triple-A with the Nashville Sounds.[3] He spent nearly the entire season there before being recalled by Milwaukee on September 1.[4] On September 29, 2007, Rottino hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the San Diego Padres 4–3 and clinch the first winning season for the Brewers since 1992.[5]

He repeated most of his previous season's fashion in 2008, playing most of the season at Triple-A,[3] then receiving a call-up in September.[6]

Rottino playing for Italy national team on March 3, 2009, before World Baseball Classic

Rottino was the starting catcher for Team Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[7]

In 2009, Rottino accepted an assignment to Double-A Huntsville.[3]

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

On July 31, 2009, he was traded by the Brewers to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Claudio Vargas.[8]

Florida MarlinsEdit

He signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins in 2010 and made his first appearance in the Majors since 2008.

New York MetsEdit

Rottino playing for the New York Mets in 2012

On November 16, 2011, Rottino signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[9] On May 4, 2012, Rottino got called up to the Mets after Chris Schwinden was sent down.

On May 26, 2012, Rottino hit his first career home run against the Padres' Clayton Richard. He hit another home run on May 28, 2012, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

On June 25, 2012, Rottino was designated for assignment to make room on the Mets' roster for Justin Hampson.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

On June 27, 2012, the Cleveland Indians claimed him off outright waivers. The Indians designated Chris Schwinden to make room on the 40-man roster.[10] On August 1, Rottino was recalled by the Indians when Travis Hafner was placed on paternity leave. He was hitting .299 with four HRs and 32 RBIs with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Rottino was outrighted to the minor leagues on Oct. 31, 2012, and subsequently elected free agency.

Orix BuffaloesEdit

On November 30, 2012, he signed a one-year $350,000 contract with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Nexen HeroesEdit

On December 11, 2013, he signed a one-year $300,000 contract with the Nexen Heroes of Korea Baseball Organization.

Miami MarlinsEdit

On December 24, 2014, Rottino signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.[11]

Chicago White SoxEdit

On February 3, 2016, Rottino signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. On September 9, it was announced that Rottino had decided to retire from professional baseball.


  1. ^ a b "Vinny Rottinoe". Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Vinny Rottino Statistics and History". Sports Reference. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Vinny Rottino Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  4. ^ Tom Haudricourt. "Brewers trade for King, call up Rivera". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Archived from the original on July 20, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "September 29, 2007 San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers Box Score and Play by Play". Retrieved August 13, 2009.
  6. ^ Adam McCalvy (August 22, 2008). "Brewers ponder September callups". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  7. ^ Lisa Winston (February 27, 2009). "Batting Around with Vinny Rottino". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  8. ^ "Dodgers trade RHP Claudio Vargas to Brewers". Associated Press. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  9. ^ Rubin, Adam. "Rottino, Pascucci on board with Mets". Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Indians claim INF/OF Vinny Rottino off outright waivers from the New York Mets". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  11. ^ Polishuk, Mark (December 24, 2014). "Minor Moves: Mijares, Bowden, Runzler". Retrieved December 25, 2014.

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