Monday, July 25, 2011

Player Profile: Flavio Alfaro

I have one card of Flavio Alfaro, from 1985 Topps.

Playing career: A member of the 1984 US Olympic team, Flavio Alfaro played one season for the Braves’ Durham minor league team before retiring due to a back injury.

Where he is now: Coaching youth baseball in San Diego.

My memories: Just knew him from his 1985 Topps card.

Interesting stories: How did he hurt his back? This account, part of a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes of a minor league team from the perspective of a then 14-year old team statistician (he’s not afraid to name names!) might give a clue.

Google Autocomplete results: He is ninth when you type Flavio Al, between Flavio Albanese, an Italian architect, and Flavio Aloe, a Brazilian neurologist. Flavio Alfaro is also the name of a town in Ecuador.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Antonio Alfonseca.

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