41. Antonio Alfonseca

41. Antonio Alfonseca
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 16, 1972 in La Romana, La D.R.
  • Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 17, 1997
  • Final Game: September 23, 2007
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2000
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 2000
  • MVP - 2000
 
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Antonio Alfonseca is arguably the most unlikely single-season Saves leader in the modern era, but he still accomplished what many relievers never did.

Alfonseca was in the Montreal Expos organization when he was chosen by the Florida Marlins in the Minor League Draft after the 1993 Season.  The Dominican Pitcher was called up during the 1997 Season, and he played a minor role in Florida’s World Series win.  Alfonseca played more for the Marlins in 1998, saving eight Games, and he had 21 as he moved into the closer’s role in 1999.  

In 2000, Alfonseca closed out a league-leading 45 Games, but he had an ERA of 4.24 and a WHIP of 1.514, by far the most dubious numbers of any Pitcher who led the league in Saves.  He would have one more year with the Marlins, saving 28, before being traded to the Cubs after the 2001 Season, but he only had 19 Saves over the rest of his career.

Alfonseca had 102 Saves for the Marlins and finished 193 Games.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected from the Montreal Expos in the Minor League Draft 12/13/93.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Chicago Cubs with Matt Clement for Jose Cueto, Ryan Jorgensen, Julian Tavarez, and Dontrelle Willis 3/27/02

  • Games Played: 307
  • Notable Statistics:

    19 Wins
    25 Losses
    3.86 ERA
    193 Games Finished
    102 Saves
    333 Innings Pitched
    214 Strikeouts
    4.34 FIP
    1.483 WHIP
    1.71 SO/BB
    2.4 bWAR                       

    3 Playoff Games
    0 Wins
    0 Losses
    0.00 ERA
    6.1 Innings Pitched
    5 Strikeouts
    1.11 WHIP

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1997)
    Rolaids Reliever of the Year (2000)
    Most Saves (2000)

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