Eddie Vargas Essentials

Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 76 Weight: 205
Born: Monday, February 23, 1959 in Guanica, P.R.
Died: in ,
Debut: 9/8/1982
Last Game: 9/30/1984
Full Name: Hediberto Vargas


Eddie Vargas, first baseman for the Pirates in 1982 and 1984. He originally signed with the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1977. Vargas had a breakout season in the low minors in 1979, hitting .282 with 31 homers. In Double-A the next year he slugged 24 homers and drove in 87 runs. Despite those strong power numbers he repeated the level in 1981 and hit .274 with 25 homers and 84 RBIs. He reached Triple-A for the first time in 1982 and hit .311 with 28 homers and 80 RBIs. The Pirates called him up in September and gave him nine plate appearances in eight games. He singled in his first two at-bats in the majors, both as a pinch-hitter. He was injured for the first two months of the 1983 season, but managed to hit .338 with 14 homers in 73 games after he returned in June. The Pirates recalled him in September with 23 games left on the schedule, though he sat on the bench the entire time. Vargas began the 1984 season on the Opening Day roster, but struggled in limited playing time and was sent down to the minors. The Pirates called him back up in August and he hit .333 the rest of the way, finishing with a .226 average in what would be his last season in the majors. He spent all of 1985 in the minors before the Pirates released him. Vargas finished his pro career in 1989. He turns 61 today.