Aníbal Vega

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Aníbal A. Vega García

  • Bats Left, Throws Left

Biographical Information[edit]

Aníbal Vega spent almost two decades with the Nicaraguan national team. He never played in Organized Baseball but has been a productive performer in the Nicaraguan leagues. Through 2007, he ranked 2nd all-time in average (.342), 19th in hits (1,183) and 17th in homers (117).

Vega hit .303/.280/.356 in the 1991 Intercontinental Cup, scoring 7 runs in 11 games and making 3 assists from center field. He played for Nicaragua in the 1991 Pan American Games. In the 1993 Intercontinental Cup, he batted .120/.326/.244. He was 1 for 8 in the 1993 Central American and Caribbean Games, backing up Freddy García in left field. In the 1994 Baseball World Cup, Aníbal was 4 for 12 with a double. During the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, he was 1 for 7 with a double. Nicaragua won the Silver Medal in the 1995 Pan American Games, with Vega on the club. He was with Nicaragua for the 1996 Olympics, batting .240/.387/.440 with 5 walks but made two errors in left field. In the 1997 Intercontinental Cup, Vega was 0 for 4 with a walk.

Vega was back with Nicaragua by the 2003 Pan American Games, going 8 for 19 and making the All-Star team; oddly, he was not the best Vega in the event as Panama's Joel Vega led in homers and RBI. He remained hot in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, when he had his best tourney, hitting .370/.553/.481 with 10 walks. In the 2006 Central American Games, he helped Nicaragua take the Gold. He was 2 for 12 with 5 walks and 5 runs in the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the 2006 Central American Games, he led in average at .636 and was picked as the All-Star first baseman.

Vega later became a scout for the Cincinnati Reds and coached for Nicaragua in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup and 2017 Central American Games (Gold Medal).