Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Player Profile: Edgardo Alfonzo

I have eleven cards of Edgardo Alfonzo. This one is from 2001 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Edgardo Alfonzo ranks third on the all time Mets list with 1,136 hits, which says as much about the Mets as it does Alfonzo, who to be fair was an excellent player for the Mets for several seasons, with a knack for the clutch hit. This was especially true in the postseason, where he racked up an .891 OPS in 28 games, over 100 points better than his regular season average. Though best known as a Met, he had a terrific NLDS with the Giants in 2003, going 9-17 with four doubles.

My memories: I remember Alfonzo as a fan favorite with the Mets – never heard a bad word about him. It was weird to see him in another uniform in San Francisco.

Interesting facts: His older brother Edgar Alfonzo was an Angels minor league player and is now a Mets minor league coach. His second cousin is Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo.

Where he is now: He is an Astros minor league coach.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Edgard, ahead of Edgardo Bonilla, a wedding dress designer. There do not appear to be any other prominent Edgardo Alfonzos.

Coming up next: the next profile will be Eliezer Alfonzo.

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