Obscure Spotlight: Deivi Cruz

Obscure Athletes

deivicruz Deivi (Day-Vee) Cruz is one of those oft-forgotten Steroid Era singles hitters. I have a feeling that if Cruz played today, he would be much less obscure than he was during his Major League playing days, which lasted from 1997-2005. He was last seen suiting up for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League in 2006.

Cruz was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Giants in 1993. He was selected by the Dodgers in the Minor League Draft in 1996, and was immediately flipped to the Tigers later that day, December 9. For some reason, Detroit was the only team that wanted Cruz, and it was for the Tigers that Cruz debuted in 1997.

That year Cruz sprung onto the scene, appearing in 154 games for the Tigers in his rookie season. He played both shortstop and second base, two positions between which he flipped throughout…

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