Domingo Rivera

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Biographical Information[edit]

Domingo Rivera was a minor league infielder for 13 seasons and later managed.

Rivera debuted in 1960 with the Celaya Cajeteros, hitting .231/?/.243 in 62 games. He did not play in '61, then returned in 1962 with the Guanajuato Tuzos, batting .281/.349/.480 with 17 HR and 78 runs in 94 games. He had 19 outfield assists, second-most in the Mexican Center League. With Guanajuato in 1963, he hit .357/.431/.542 with 75 runs; had he qualified, he would have been 4th in the MCL in average. That earned him his first look in the Mexican League itself and he batted .228/.295/.312 for the Petroleros de Poza Rica in 1964. Moving to shortstop from the outfield slot he had manned with the Tuzos, he fielded .947.

The Empalme native put up slightly inferior stats in 1965 (.223/.288/.288, .943 FLD %). In 1966, he split time between Poza Rica and the Charros de Jalisco (.280/.342/.321 in 64 G) and the Orizaba Cerveceros (.318/.380/.446 in 32 G, his last time playing below the Mexican League). In 1967, he hit .265/.322/.339 with 75 RBI for Jalisco. Now at second base, he led Mexican League players there with 374 putouts, 373 assists and 102 double plays. The next year, he produced at a .262/.327/.332 clip for Jalisco. In 1969, he remained steady at .261/.312/.331 with 26 doubles. His 424 assists led the league's second basemen.

Rivera moved to the Saraperos de Saltillo in 1970 and hit .276/.306/.357. The smooth-fielding second baseman batted .244/.293/.295 for the 1971 Leones de Yucatan and had nearly as many double-play grounders (24) as runs (28). In 1972, he hit .290/.335/.365 for the Pericos de Puebla. He split 1973 between Puebla and the Tigres de Mexico (.250/.299/.277). Overall, he had hit .258/.312/.323 in 1,158 Mexican League games, with 342 runs and 403 RBI. He showed little power (21 HR) or speed (20 SB, 35 CS).

Rivera managed Uriangato in 1975, the Lagos de Moreno Caporales in 1976 and part of 1977, the Tigres de México (parts of both 1979 and 1989), the Bravos de León (part of 1983), Jalisco (part of 1995) and the Acereros de Monclova (part of 2000).