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In 1993 in Buffalo, New York, Ordˇ˝ez became the second Cuban baseball player in history to defect to the United States. Ordˇ˝ez was a promising young player for the Havana Industriales club in Cuba at the time.
In 1994, Ordˇ˝ez signed with the Mets as an undrafted free agent. He made his major league debut in the 1996 season. Ordˇ˝ez went on to win three consecutive Gold Gloves for his outstanding defensive play with the Mets. During 1999 and 2000, Ordˇ˝ez set a Major League record for shortstops by playing 101 consecutive games without committing a fielding error.
By 2002, Ordˇ˝ez's defensive play had deteriorated. Taunted by unhappy Mets fans throughout the year, Ordˇ˝ez lashed out in a year-end interview calling the New York fans "too stupid." Later in the year, Ordˇ˝ez was traded to Tampa Bay. Ordˇ˝ez missed most of the 2003 season due to injuries and played briefly for the Chicago Cubs before being given his release.
In August, 2004, Ordˇ˝ez became a U. S. citizen. He was unsure at the time whether he would ever play major league baseball again.
- Gold Glove (1997, 1998, 1999)
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