Wednesday, July 23, 2014
#257 Luis Alicea
About the Back: Check out Alicea's 1991 stat line with the Cardinals. It's pretty hard to tally zero runs batted in over 56 games, even if you're limited to 68 at-bats. Also, it seems worth mentioning that Luis' first career home run, referenced here, was hit against Don Sutton.
1. He and his younger brother Edwin were teammates at Florida State University. Ed Alicea was drafted in the ninth round in 1988 by the Braves, and had an eight-year minor league career, splitting time between second base, third base, and the outfield.
2. Luis had a 13-year major league career with the Cardinals, Red Sox, Angels, Rangers, and Royals, batting .260/.346/.369 with 47 homers and 422 RBI.
3. After hanging up his spikes, Alicea spent three years managing in the Red Sox organization, and then had brief stints as a big league coach for both the Red Sox and Mets.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I could've sworn he was an All-Star at least once. I guess that's why I look this stuff up.
Bill James Said: "He's a switch hitter who runs well and won't chase bad pitches, witness the .362 on-base percentage, plus his range at second is among the best in the league."
On This Date in 1993: July 23. The Azerbaijani city of Agdam is captured by Armenian separatists. The city's residents are forced to flee, and the separatists will lay waste to Agdam to prevent its recapture by Azerbaijan. The town is still deserted more than 20 years later.