Nelson Ramón Cruz Martínez Jr.

Nelson Ramón Cruz Martínez Jr. (born July 1, 1980)

Nelson Cruz is a Dominican-American professional baseball designated hitter and right fielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

He has previously played in MLB for the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Cruz is a seven-time MLB All-Star. Known for his power hitting, he has won four Silver Slugger Awards and two Edgar Martínez Awards.

Cruz was born on July 1, 1980, in Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic.

In March 2022, Cruz signed a one-year, $12 million contract with a mutual option for 2023 with the Washington Nationals.