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Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Willy Taveras misjudges a baseball off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals Nick Stavinoha in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 2, 2009. The double was good for two RBI's. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Willy Taveras (born December 25, 1981, in Tenares, Dominican Republic) is a center fielder who is currently playing for the Washington Nationals organization. He bats and throws right-handed.

Taveras played in 10 games at the end of the 2004 Astros season, mostly as a pinch runner.

In 2005, he led the majors in infield hits (71), bunt hits (31), and singles (152), and was tops among rookies in runs (82), hits (172), and stolen bases (34; 6th in the NL). He hit .291. Taveras was the Astros' starting center fielder during his rookie season (2005), replacing Carlos Beltrán, who signed with the New York Mets in the offseason. After the season, Taveras was voted National League Rookie of the Year by the players (Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies won the actual Rookie of the Year Award).

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