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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Chris Gimenez

(Born December 27, 1982) -- This catcher got to spend only part of a season in Buffalo, but he could have spent a lot more time here. Blame the Cleveland Indians for that.

Gimenez came out of Gilroy, Cal., and was drafted by the Rockies. However, he opted to go to college at Nevada-Reno, and was picked by the Indians three years later in 2004.

He started his pro career in the New York-Penn league and worked his way up the ladder. Gimenez arrived in Buffalo in the middle of the 2008 season. Here he hit .272 in 54 games as the Bisons’ catcher.

Then the Indians moved their affiliation to Columbus, and Gimenez went with them. He split the 2009 and 2010 seasons between Columbus and Cleveland. He became a free agent at the end of the 2010 season.

Gimenez became a backup catcher in the Seattle organization in 2011, and then moved on to Tampa Bay. He needs a few hits in the majors to get his lifetime average above the fabled Mendoza line from .198.

--- Budd Bailey

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.

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