First baseman from Venezuela known for his days with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Major League Baseball and various Nippon Professional Baseball teams, including the Seibu Lions. He was named Pacific League MVP in 2002.
He was born in Caripito, Venezuela and was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 1991.
He hit 55 runs in 2002, tying a Japanese single-season record.
His son, Ramon, has also played baseball professionally.
He tied the home run record set by revered Japanese player Sadaharu Oh in 1964.