Hector Felipe Santiago (born December 16, 1987) is a New Jersey native and graduate of Bloomfield Tech High School.
A love of baseball came for Hector and his younger brother Anthony (who played in the Chicago White Sox organization and is now a coach) from their father, Hector Sr, who worked all day installing carpets and wood floors and spent whatever free time he had with his sons near a baseball field.
For Hector, his love for the game early in life carried him from the high school level to Northwest Florida State College. He signed with the Chicago White Sox after having been drafted in the 30th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Hector made his Major League debut on July 6, 2011, a one-inning outing against the Kansas City Royals. On December 10, 2013, Hector was part of a three-team trade that brought him to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and he was an American League All-Star in 2015. On August 1, 2016, Hector was traded to the Minnesota Twins. On February 14, 2018, Hector was signed by the Chicago White Sox. In the 2018 offseason, Hector signed with the New York Mets.
In addition to his time spent in ballparks around the country, Hector is extremely active in the community. One particular initiative he created is called “Santiago’s Soldiers,” a program that supports disadvantaged kids and their families by inviting them to games throughout the season. He has also been very active in support relief efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation of recent hurricanes.
He and his wife Esther make their offseason home in Puerto Rico.