Edwin Encarnación

Edwin Elpidio Encarnación (born January 7, 1983) is a Dominican professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, and Seattle Mariners. Encarnación is a three-time All-Star.

Edwin Encarnación
Encarnacion 2019
Encarnación with the Yankees in 2019
New York Yankees – No. 30
Designated hitter / First baseman
Born: January 7, 1983 (age 36)
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 24, 2005, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through July 30, 2019)
Batting average.262
Hits1,793
Home runs410
Runs batted in1,230
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Encarnación was born in the Dominican Republic to Elpidio Encarnación, a track and field coach, and Mireya Rivera. He is the third of three sons, including Richard and Julio, and four children, including younger sister, Evelin. Encarnación also had twelve half-siblings via his father. Encarnación split time as a high school student between his native country and Puerto Rico after his father took a job coaching at a Puerto Rican college. His Puerto Rican residence made him eligible for the Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Professional career

Cincinnati Reds

The Texas Rangers selected Encarnación in the ninth round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft, and he signed with them. On June 15, 2001, the Rangers traded him and Rubén Mateo to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Rob Bell. He made his Major League Baseball debut on June 24, 2005, and played in 69 games. He finished with a .232 batting average, nine home runs, and 31 runs batted in (RBIs).[2]

Edwin Encarnación
Encarnación with the Cincinnati Reds

In the 2006 season, Encarnación played 117 games for the Reds, and batted .276 with 15 home runs and 72 RBIs.[2] Encarnación won the National League Player of the Week award for the week of August 7–13. During the week, he led the league with 4 home runs and 24 total bases, batting .440 with eight RBIs.[3]

In 2007, Encarnación started the year slowly, struggling to bat over .200. He was frequently benched in favor of Ryan Freel, which gave Josh Hamilton, who was attempting to resurrect his career after it was derailed by addiction to drugs and alcohol, more starts in center field. Encarnación was benched again at one point by then manager Jerry Narron for not running out a fly ball.[4] On May 10, 2007, Encarnación was demoted to the Reds' Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats. He was recalled to the Major Leagues on May 22, 2007. For the 2007 season, Encarnación batted .289 with 16 home runs and 76 RBI.[2]

In 2008, Encarnación set career highs in games played and home runs. He batted .251 in 146 games with 26 home runs and 68 RBIs, and also struck out 102 times, the first time he had struck out more than 100 times in his career.[2]

For the 2009 season, Encarnación stated that he wanted to be more consistent as a hitter who did not try to hit home runs in every at bat: "I want to try to stay more to the middle. Last year, I tried to pull too many balls and hit more homers. That's why my average went down. I will be more consistent as a hitter. I know I can do it. I've done it before. I know I can hit better than that and I just have to keep working".[5] Encarnación played in 43 games with the Reds in the 2009 season, batting just .209 with five home runs and 16 RBIs before being traded to Toronto.[2]

Toronto Blue Jays

2009–2011

Edwin Encarnación on June 4, 2011
Encarnación in 2011

Encarnación, along with right-handed pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Scott Rolen on July 31, 2009. It was reported that then Blue Jays General Manager J. P. Ricciardi was only interested in acquiring Roenicke and Stewart, but Cincinnati would not accept the trade unless the Blue Jays also took on Encarnación.[6] Encarnación played in 42 games for the Blue Jays during the 2009 season, and batted .240 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs.[2]

During the offseason, Encarnación suffered first and second-degree burns to the forehead and the right side of his face when a rocket firecracker hit him in the jaw and exploded near his mouth. After initially being treated near his Dominican Republic home, Encarnacion was transferred to a Miami hospital. He was discharged less than two days after the incident.[7]

Encarnación missed 30 games through April and May 2010 with a right arm injury, before returning on May 18, 2010. He hit a home run in his first at bat since the injury against the Minnesota Twins. On May 21, he had three home runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks, homering in three straight at-bats.[8] On June 20, after a loss to the Giants, Encarnacion was optioned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.[9] However, in a surprise move, he was designated for assignment the next day by the Blue Jays.[10] Encarnación was eventually assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas on June 23, 2010, but was later called up to the Blue Jays again on July 2, 2010 after a struggling performance by Encarnacion's replacement, Jarrett Hoffpauir.[11] He hit his 100th career home run against the Minnesota Twins on the last day of the season, and also became the Jays' 7th player of the 2010 season with 20 or more home runs. Encarnación finished the 2010 season with a batting average of .244, 21 home runs and 51 RBI.[2]

On November 12, 2010, Encarnacion was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics. On December 2, he was non-tendered by the Athletics, making him a free agent.[12] On December 16, 2010, he signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays worth $2.5 million, with a club option worth $3.5 million in 2012. He began the 2011 season playing third base for the Blue Jays and struggled offensively. His numbers improved significantly after he was moved to the designated hitter position. In a game against the Boston Red Sox on September 7, 2011, Encarnacion set a new career record for doubles in a single season with 34. On September 22, Encarnacion hit a walk-off home run off the Rogers Sportsnet One sign in the 12th inning against Angels rookie Garrett Richards. In 2011, Encarnación batted .272 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs.[2]

On October 31, 2011, the Jays picked up the $3.5 million club option for the 2012 season.[13]

2012–2013

In a game against the Seattle Mariners on April 28, 2012, Encarnación hit his fourth career grand slam in the 8th inning leading the Blue Jays to a 7-0 win.[14] His grand slam marked the first time that Encarnación held his arm out in his trademark "chicken-wing" fashion while rounding the bases. This trademark would be known as the "Parrot Walk" which Edwin would do for every homerun he would hit from then on. Fans would mimic it in the stands and even do a "parrot" flap of their arms. It was so popular it generated t-shirts, hats and even stuffed parrots that fans could attach to their right arm.[15][16]

On April 30, 2012, in a home game against the Texas Rangers, Encarnación hit the first home run off of starter Yu Darvish.[17] In an inter-league game against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 19, Encarnación hit the last of three straight solo home runs by the Blue Jays, following Colby Rasmus and José Bautista, the first time in the 2012 season that the Jays went back-to-back-to-back with home runs, and only the sixth time in franchise history.[18] On July 12, Encarnación signed a 3-year, $27 million contract extension with Toronto.[19] The deal included a $10 million club option for the 2016 season.[20]

On September 13, 2012, in a home game against the Seattle Mariners, Encarnación hit his 40th home run of the season (off starter Félix Hernández), and recorded his 100th RBI of the season, marking the first time in his career that he had surpassed 40 home runs and 100 RBIs.[21] Encarnación was unanimously named by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) as the Blue Jays Player of the Year on November 28, 2012. He also received the Most Improved Player award for the Jays.[22]

Edwin Encarnación July 2013
Encarnación in 2013

On May 23, 2013, Encarnación hit his fifth career grand slam to give the Blue Jays an 8–3 lead over the Baltimore Orioles. The Jays would win the game 12–6.[23]

On July 6, 2013, Encarnación was named to his first all-star game as a reserve designated hitter for the American League. Encarnación was one of four Blue Jays to be named, the others being José Bautista, Brett Cecil, and Steve Delabar. Up to the All-Star break, Encarnación posted a triple-slash of .264/.353/.532 with 25 home runs and 72 RBIs. In the All-Star Game, Encarnación entered as a pinch-hitter for David Ortiz in the seventh inning, and finished the game 0–2. In a game against the Houston Astros on July 26, 2013, Encarnación became only the second Blue Jay in franchise history to hit two home runs in one inning, joining Joe Carter who did so on October 3, 1993 – tying the Major League record for most home runs in an inning.[24][25] Leading off the 7th inning behind at 6–4, Encarnación hit a solo home run and would later hit his sixth career grand slam, receiving a curtain call afterwards as the Blue Jays would score 8 runs in the inning and lead 12–6.[26] He was named the American League Player of the Week on July 29, after batting .520 with three doubles, two home runs, and eight RBIs over the prior week.[27] Encarnación hit his 30th home run of the season on August 7, 2013, against the Seattle Mariners. In doing so, he recorded back-to-back 30 home run seasons for the first time in his career. Playing against the Kansas City Royals on August 31, 2013, Encarnación recorded his 1,000th career hit, a single off Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie. On September 2, he reached 100 RBIs for the second consecutive season on a two-run home run against Brandon McCarthy of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent time on the bench in mid September with a wrist injury, but made a brief comeback before being placed on the disabled list on September 17.[28] He underwent successful surgery on September 19.[29] Encarnación finished the 2013 season with a .272 average, 36 home runs, and 104 RBIs. He finished with more walks than strikeouts for the first time in his career, with 82 and 62 respectively.[2]

2014–2016

Encarnación hit his 200th career home run on May 8, 2014, against A. J. Burnett of the Philadelphia Phillies.[30] On May 12, he was named the American League Player of the Week for May 5–11, when he recorded a league-leading four home runs and 10 RBIs, and batted .321.[31] Encarnación continued his hot hitting in May by becoming the first player in Blue Jays franchise history to have 4 multi home run games in a month, and the first player in the majors to do so since Troy Tulowitzki in September 2010.[32] On May 26 he established a new club record for home runs in May by hitting his 13th off of Álex Colomé of the Tampa Bay Rays.[33] The following day, Encarnación tied the team record for home runs in any month of the season, when he hit his 14th to help the Blue Jays extend their winning streak to 8 games.[34]

On May 29, in a home game against the Kansas City Royals, Encarnación hit two home runs for a total of 18 on the season and 16 in the month of May, giving him the Blue Jays franchise record for home runs in any month of the regular season. He also tied Mickey Mantle for the American League record for home runs in May.[35] He was unanimously selected as the Blue Jays Player of the Month by the Toronto chapter of the BBWAA on June 2.[36] A day later he was named the AL Player of the Month of May by MLB.[37] Encarnación hit two 3-run home runs in a win over the Cincinnati Reds on June 20. His 6 RBIs were a key contribution in helping the Blue Jays to their second-largest comeback victory in franchise history, being down 8–0 after the second inning and going on to win 14–9.[38] In total for 2014, Encarnación batted .268 with 34 home runs and 98 RBIs.[2]

On June 30, 2015, Encarnación earned 10-and-5 rights by having at least 10 years of service time in the big-leagues, with the last 5 being on the same team. These rights give Encarnación the ability to veto any trade he would be involved in.[39] He joined fellow Blue Jay José Bautista on the list of active players to hold this distinction.[40] Encarnación hit his 250th career home run on August 6, in a 9–3 win over the Minnesota Twins.[41] In an 8–5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on August 18, Encarnación surpassed Jesse Barfield on the Blue Jays' all-time home run list, hitting his 180th home run with the franchise. He also extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.[42] Encarnación extended his hitting streak to 24 games on August 29, hitting 3 home runs against the Detroit Tigers, including his third grand slam of the season, and tied Roy Howell's franchise record with nine RBIs in a single game.[43][44] The following day, Encarnación broke the franchise record for RBIs in a single month, when he hit a solo home run to give him 35 RBIs in August.[45][46] He was named the American League Player of the Week on August 31, after batting .391 with 6 home runs and 17 RBIs.[47] On September 2, Encarnación won the American League Player of the Month award for the second time in his career, after batting .407 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in August.[48]

He finished the 2015 regular season with a .277 batting average, 39 home runs, and 111 RBIs.[2] Encarnación played in all 5 games of the 2015 American League Division Series, and batted .333 with one home run and 3 RBIs. In the American League Championship Series, he hit .227 with two RBIs in 6 games.[2] On October 27, Encarnación underwent successful sports hernia surgery.[49] Encarnación's $10 million option for 2016 was exercised by the Blue Jays on November 3.[50]

Edwin Encarnación 2016 Opening Day
Edwin Encarnación in 2016 Opening Day

Prior to 2016 spring training, Encarnación set an Opening Day deadline to negotiate a contract extension with the Blue Jays. He suffered an oblique injury early in the spring, and as a result did not participate in any Major League games. In addition, contract extension negotiations ended early, when both sides could not agree on the terms of the contract.[51] On April 26, Encarnación hit his 200th home run as a member of the Blue Jays.[52] Encarnación hit his fourth walk-off home run as a Blue Jay on June 10, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 4–3 in the tenth inning. In doing so, he became the Blue Jays all-time leader in walk-off home runs as well as the eighth player in franchise history to reach 600 RBI.[53] In the first inning of a game on July 1, Encarnación was ejected by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza for arguing balls and strikes. He made contact with Carapazza after being ejected, and on July 3, was given a one-game suspension.[54][55] On August 12, Encarnación hit the 300th home run of his career, joining Joe Carter, Carlos Delgado, and teammate José Bautista as the only players to hit their 300th home run with the Blue Jays franchise.[56] Encarnación recorded his 100th RBI of the season in a 12–6 win over the New York Yankees on August 16, becoming the first player to reach the milestone in 2016.[57] On September 16, he hit his 40th home run of the season, and joined José Bautista and Carlos Delgado as the only Blue Jays with multiple 40-homer seasons.[58]

In the eleventh inning of the 2016 Wild Card game, Encarnación hit a walk-off, three-run home run to give the Blue Jays a 5–2 victory and send them to the American League Division Series to face the Texas Rangers.[59] On November 7, the Blue Jays extended a $17.2 million qualifying offer to Encarnación,[60] which he declined on November 14.[61]

Cleveland Indians

2017

Edwin Encarnación 2017 vs. Orioles
Edwin Encarnación during his tenure with the Indians

On January 5, 2017, Encarnación signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Indians worth $60 million.[62] The deal included a club option for the 2020 season worth an additional $25 million, with a $5 million buyout clause. On Opening Day, he hit a home run against the Texas Rangers. On July 25, 2017, in the first game of a series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Encarnación hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning, winning the game 11-7 for the Indians. In his first season with the Indians, he hit .258 with 38 home runs and 107 runs batted in. He also drew a career high 104 walks.

2018

On August 12, 2018, he was placed on the disabled list with a hand contusion, his second stint on the disabled list in the season.[63] He finished the season with 32 home runs and 107 runs batted in, his seventh consecutive season of over 30 home runs and his fourth consecutive season of 100 or more runs batted in. However, he batted .246.

Seattle Mariners

On December 13, 2018, the Indians traded Encarnación to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays which sent Carlos Santana to the Indians, with the Indians also acquiring Jake Bauers from the Rays, with the Rays getting Yandy Díaz and Cole Sulser.[64] Encarnación hit his first home run as a member of the Seattle Mariners on March 28, 2019. In 65 games with the Mariners through mid-June, Encarnación batted .241 with 21 home runs and 49 RBIs.

New York Yankees

On June 15, 2019, the Mariners traded Encarnación to the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league pitcher Juan Then and cash considerations.[65] On August 3, Encarnación was hit by a pitch; he left the game with a fractured right wrist. The same day, he was placed on the 10-day injured list.[66]

See also

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(2) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions) versus (3) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions)TBS televised all the games in the United States, with Sportsnet, a property of Toronto Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, airing the games in Canada using the TBS feeds. The Blue Jays and Indians both swept their respective opponents in three games to advance to the ALCS.

2016 American League Wild Card Game

The 2016 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2016 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. As both teams finished with identical 89–73 records, a tiebreaker was used to determine the host team. In accordance with MLB tiebreaking rules, the Blue Jays earned the right to host the game by winning their season series against the Orioles 10–9.

The Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 5–2, in extra innings.

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the San Diego Padres and was played at Petco Park on July 12, 2016. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 4–2 to win home field advantage for the 2016 World Series (which went to the Cleveland Indians). This was also the last time home-field advantage for the World Series was determined by the outcome of the All-Star Game.

The host city was announced on January 15, 2015, by then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was the third time the city of San Diego hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 1992.Eric Hosmer, an infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was named the 2016 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

2016 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 2016 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 40th season of the franchise in the American League East division of Major League Baseball, and the 27th full season of play (28th overall) at Rogers Centre. They advanced to the playoffs where they defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Card Game and the Texas Rangers in the Division Series, before losing to the Cleveland Indians in five games in the American League Championship Series.

2018 American League Division Series

The 2018 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2018 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners, seeded first through third, and a fourth team—the Wild Card Game winner—played in two series. These matchups were:

(1) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) vs. (3) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions)Under sponsorship agreements with T-Mobile, the series was formally known as the American League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. The Astros and Red Sox won their respective series, to advance to the Championship Series.

Colby Rasmus

Colby Ryan Rasmus (born August 11, 1986) is a former American professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. He has also played for the United States national baseball team.

Edwin Escobar

Edwin José Escobar Hernandez (born April 22, 1992) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jarrett Hoffpauir

Jarrett Lee Hoffpauir (born June 18, 1983) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He is a distant cousin to Micah Hoffpauir, who is also a baseball player.

Hoffpauir was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 6th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft from the University of Southern Mississippi following his junior year, during which he hit .405 with 92 RBI and was named to the All-Conference Tournament Team. Hoffpauir currently holds Southern Mississippi single-season records for most hits (109) and most RBI (92).

He was recalled to join the Cardinals on July 1, 2009, and made his debut in Cincinnati on July 3.

Jarrett was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on November 3, 2009

On April 25, 2010, he hit for the cycle for Triple-A Las Vegas against Sacramento, going 4-5. On May 28, 2010 he hit for the cycle again against Tacoma, going 4-4.

On June 20, 2010, the Blue Jays purchased Hoffpauir's contract and optioned Edwin Encarnación to Las Vegas.

On October 6, 2010, Hoffpauir was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres.Hoffpauir signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on December 14, 2011. After becoming a free agent, Hoffpauir signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on January 25, 2013, but was released soon after.

Larry Dolan

Lawrence J. Dolan (born February 8, 1931 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio) is a retired attorney and the principal owner of Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians.

List of Major League Baseball annual runs batted in leaders

In baseball, a run batted in (RBI) is awarded to a batter for each runner who scores as a result of the batter's action, including a hit, fielder's choice, sacrifice fly, bases loaded walk, or hit by pitch. A batter is also awarded an RBI for scoring himself upon hitting a home run. In Major League Baseball (MLB), a player in each league wins the "RBI crown" or "RBI title" each season by hitting the most runs batted in that year.

The first RBI champion in the National League (NL) was Deacon White; in the league's inaugural 1876 season, White hit 60 RBIs for the Chicago White Stockings. The American League (AL) was established in 1901, and Hall of Fame second baseman Nap Lajoie led that league with 125 RBIs for the Philadelphia Athletics. Over the course of his 27-season career, Cap Anson led the NL in RBI eight times. Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner have the second- and third-most RBI titles, respectively: Ruth with six, and Wagner with five. Several players are tied for the most consecutive seasons led with three: Anson (twice), Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Ruth, Joe Medwick, George Foster, and Cecil Fielder. Notably, Matt Holliday won the NL title in 2007 by one RBI over Ryan Howard, only overtaking Howard due to his performance in the 2007 National League Wild Card tie-breaker game. Had Howard won the 2007 title, he would have led the NL in a record four consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2009. The most recent champions are Edwin Encarnación in the American League, and Nolan Arenado in the National League.

Sam Thompson was the first to set a single-season RBI record that stood for more than three seasons, hitting 166 in 1887. Thompson's title that season also represented the widest margin of victory for an RBI champion as he topped the next highest total by 62 RBIs. The single-season mark of 166 stood for over thirty years until Babe Ruth hit 171 in 1921. Ruth's mark was then broken by teammate Lou Gehrig six seasons later in 1927 when Gehrig hit 175 RBI. Finally, Hack Wilson set the current record mark of 191 RBI in 1930 with the Chicago Cubs. The all-time career RBI record holder is Hank Aaron with 2,297, 84 more than Ruth in second place. Aaron led the National League in RBI four times, never consecutively. The 1930 season when Wilson set the record saw four players hit more than 160 RBI: Wilson, Gehrig, Chuck Klein, and Al Simmons. A player has batted in 160 or more runs 21 times, with 14 of these seasons occurring during the 1930s and only twice since 1940. The lowest RBI total to ever lead a major league was 49, by Deacon White in the National League's second season.

List of Toronto Blue Jays home run leaders

List of the Toronto Blue Jays franchise home run leaders with 50 or more home runs.(Correct as of April 23, 2019)

Toronto Blue Jays award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Toronto Blue Jays professional baseball team.

Vernon Wells

Vernon Michael Wells III (born December 8, 1978) is an American former professional baseball center fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the New York Yankees.

Wells has appeared on three All-Star teams in his career, been awarded three Gold Glove Awards, and one Silver Slugger Award. He is second all-time for the Blue Jays in career hits, doubles, runs, RBI and total bases, and fourth in home runs, behind Carlos Delgado, José Bautista, and Edwin Encarnación.

Águilas Cibaeñas

The Águilas Cibaeñas (English lit. Cibao Eagles) is a professional baseball team in the Dominican Republic's winter baseball league. Founded on January 28, 1933 and based in Santiago, they have won 5 Caribbean Series and 21 national titles. In 2008, the Águilas Cibaeñas hosted the Caribbean Series at their stadium, Estadio Cibao, which is also known as the "Valle de la muerte", and the Tigres del Licey (Tigers of Licey) won that classic by defeating the Aguilas in two games. Won the 2017-2018 Dominican league title on 01-31-2018.

The team is immensely popular among Dominican baseball fans by the most famous phrase : “La Leña Está Aquí”(The Wood is here), so much that Águilas Cibaeñas have earned the nickname “Las Cuyayas” (The Kestrels) and “Los Mameyes” (The Mameyes). These nicknames are in reference to the team’s mascot and the classic yellow color the team uses in its official uniform.

Águilas Cibaeñas won 21 championships in less seasons than any other Dominican team. They won their 20th championship in the 2007-2008 season when they defeated the Tigres del Licey (Tigers of Licey) in a best of 9 series with a 5-2 record. The Águilas Cibaeñas won the final game of the series at their home stadium Estadio Cibao (Stadium Cibao) by the score 2-1. Mendy Lopez and Rafael Furcal both hit home runs in the game. Furcal—popularly known as “Furcalazo”—sealed the game with his homerun in the 8th inning.Estadio Cibao is nicknamed the “Valley of Death” and many fans consider it the most intimidating stadium in the country or even all the Caribbean. Historically the Águilas Cibaeñas have performed much better at home than on the road. With a capacity of 18,077, it is the largest stadium in the Dominican Winter Baseball LeagueÁguilas Cibaeñas has more former players in Major League Baseball than any other Dominican team. Some current MLB players who played with Águilas Cibaeñas include Edwin Encarnación, Carlos Martínez, Jose Reyes, Jonathan Villar, Carlos Gómez, Juan Lagares, Dellin Betances, Bartolo Colón, Wandy Rodríguez, Melky Cabrera, Danny Santana, Yoenis Céspedes, Starling Marte, Brandon Moss and current Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.

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