Carlos Alberto Tabares Padilla
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 7", Weight 183 lb.
Tabares debuted in Cuba in the 1992-1993 Serie Nacional. He homered in the finale of the 1995-1996 season to help the Industriales to a title. He joined the Cuban "B" team that summer for the 1996 Haarlem Baseball Week. He put on a show, going 15 for 29 with 2 doubles, a home run, a walk and 8 runs in 6 games, though he was only 1-for-3 in steal attempts. He had the best batting average of the event. He repeated his stellar performance in the 1998 Haarlem Baseball Week, hitting .565 (13 for 23) with 5 runs in 5 games. He was again unsuccessful on the basepaths, going 0 for 2 in steal attempts. He went 3 for 4 with a run in the Gold Medal game win over Australia. Edgard López beat him out for the best average and Grant McDonald won MVP honors, but Tabares was deemed the tourney's "Most Spectacular Player."
Tabares made his debut for the top national team with the 1998 Baseball World Cup. He hit .341/.333/.591 with 11 runs and 8 RBI in 9 games. Against Japan, he cracked two home runs. He was 2 for 6 in the Gold Medal game win against Byung-hyun Kim and two relievers. In the 1998 Central American and Caribbean Games, Tabares hit .391 for the victorious Cubans. After his busy 1998, Tabares would not play for Cuba in a major competition again for 5 years.
Tabares led the 2001-2002 Serie Nacional with 18 sacrifice hits. The next year, he tied Yuniesky Betancourt for the lead with 8 sacrifice flies. He returned to the national team for the 2003 Pan American Games and went 3 for 11 for the Gold Medalists.
In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, the short speedster hit .478/.478/.696 with 7 runs in 8 games as Cuba's center fielder. Cuba's #9 hitter, he was 2 for 3 with a double and a run in the 4-2 Gold Medal game win over Panama. Tabares was still on the national team for the 2004 Olympics. He was just 4 for 25 with a walk, two runs and a RBI in a poor showing as the starting center fielder. He was 1 for 4 in the 6-2 Gold Medal game win over Australia and had four put-outs. He had two key catches at the warning track, one to rob Dave Nilsson of a 3-run homer and another on a fly from Tom Brice with two on. Manager Jon Deeble of Australia argued the call on the Brice play, saying the ball had hit the wall before it was caught, but the umpires ruled it an out. Deeble would be ejected over the argument.
Tabares batted .286/.364/.429 in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, was error-free in the outfield, had one outfield assists, stole 3 bases in 3 tries and scored 12 runs in 11 games. He was 0 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice hit in the Gold Medal game 3-0 victory over South Korea. Though he was now over 30, Tabares led the 2005-2006 Serie Nacional in steals (24).
Tabares batted .231/.286/.231 in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He sat out the loss in the Gold Medal game as Alexei Ramírez manned center field. He hit .238/.304/.286 in the 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week, not duplicating his performance of 1996 and 1998. In the COPABE 2006 qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics, Tabares was 0 for 4 as the backup to Giorvis Duvergel.
Tabares hit .297/~.344/.354 for the Industriales in 2006-2007. He stole 25 bases, two shy of league leader Yoandry Urgellés. In the 2007 World Port Tournament, Tabares batted .395/.429/.395. He led the tournament with 15 hits and was 4th in average and OBP as Cuba won. He was 0 for 4 in the Gold Medal game win over Taiwan.
Through 2006-2007, Tabares had hit .308/~.355/.412 in Cuban league play.