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PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS HOUSTON ASTROS
Pittsburgh Pirates Ronny Paulino (26) and Paul Maholm celebrate after Paulino hit a home run in the second inning against the Houston Astros at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 24, 2007. (UPI Photo/Stephen Gross)
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Ronny Leonel Paulino (born April 21, 1981 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a professional baseball player. He currently plays catcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. As of 2011, Paulino held a .338 batting average against left handed pitchers.

Paulino signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization on December 29, 1997, at the age of 16. In 2002, he was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the Rule 5 Draft, but he was returned to the Pirates in spring training of the following year. After making his major league debut in September 2005 with the Pirates, Paulino was selected to the Dominican Republic team for the 2006 World Baseball Classic as a backup catcher. The highlight of the World Baseball Classic for Paulino came on March 13, when Paulino started at catcher against the Cuban team. Paulino went 2 for 2 with a double, 3 walks, and 1 run scored in the Dominican's triumph over Cuba. On April 16, 2006, Paulino was recalled to the Major Leagues and quickly became the Pirate's every day catcher. Eventually he was again demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis, as management would give Ryan Doumit the bulk of playing time behind the plate with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Paulino was praised by the Pirates' pitching staff as an excellent catcher to work with. The staff ERA is markedly better when Paulino is behind the plate.

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