Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Player Profile: Antonio Alfonseca

I have six cards of Antonio Alfonseca. This one is from 2001 Topps.

Playing career: Antonio Alfonseca was the Marlins closer from 1999 to 2001, 94 games in that span, including a league-leading 45 in 2000. A herniated disc injury limited his effectiveness in subsequent years. He last pitched in the major leagues for Philadelphia in 2007.

Where he is now: Pitching for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. In 30 games this season he is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA. He last pitched on Sunday, in a 5-2 win against Somerset, striking out the only batter he faced to end the eighth inning.

Interesting facts: Has six digits on each hand and foot. The extra finger does not affect his pitching as it does not touch the ball when he grips it.

My memories: I originally just knew of him as just another National League closer. It wasn’t until later in his career that I heard about the six fingers on each hand tidbit, which certainly made him seem a lot more interesting.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Antonio A, between Antonio Aguilar, a Mexican singer popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and Antonio Anazco, a real estate professional in Washington, DC. There do not appear to be any other prominent Antonio Alfonsecas.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Edgardo Alfonzo.

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