“Baby Shark” Gerardo Parra back with the Washington Nationals
The “Baby Shark” is back with the Washington Nationals.
Washington selected Triple-A Rochester outfielder Gerardo Parra on Sunday, bringing back the player whose music from the children’s song has become a theme of the Nationals’ race for the 2019 World Series title.
Two-time Gold Glove winner Parra signed with Washington in May 2019 and reached .250 with eight homers and 42 RBIs, then spent last season with the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League of Japan.
The 34-year-old was down 0.222 with a homerun and 12 RBI in 21 games at Rochester.
“It’s good to find him,” said Nationals manager Dave Martinez. “I told him for today to be ready to strike when needed and to be ready to play anywhere in the outfield.”
Parra came in as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning against the New York Mets and doubled up, then scored on Kyle Schwarber’s third homer of the game.
Parra is an 11-year-old major league veteran averaging .276, 88 homers and 522 RBIs for Arizona (2009-14), Milwaukee (2014-15), Baltimore (2015), Colorado (2016-18 ), San Francisco (2019) and Washington.
Andrew Stevenson, Washington’s fourth outfielder, was on the 10-day injury list on Friday due to oblique muscle tension.
Washington chose infielder Luis García in Rochester and named southpaw Ben Braymer for assignment.