Pete Incaviglia

Peter Joseph Incaviglia (born April 2, 1964), is an American former professional baseball left fielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 12 seasons (19861998), for six different big league teams, also spending one year in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). Incaviglia was drafted in the first round (eighth overall pick) by the Montreal Expos in the 1985 Major League Baseball draft out of Oklahoma State University, but was traded later the same year to the Texas Rangers. He debuted in the major leagues on April 8, 1986, without having spent any time in the minor leagues. His last MLB game was on September 27, 1998.

Incaviglia was noted for his power hitting ability, but also for his tendency to strike out. During his MLB career, he struck out 1,277 times, while leading the league twice, 1986 and 1988. Incaviglia owns the several single-season National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) records, including home runs (HR) (48) and runs batted in (RBI) (143), respectively.

Pete Incaviglia
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Incaviglia as a coach in the Detroit Tigers organization in 2005
Left fielder
Born: April 2, 1964 (age 55)
Monterey, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1986, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1998, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average.246
Home runs206
Runs batted in655
Teams

College career

At Oklahoma State, Incaviglia became one of the greatest power hitters in College Baseball history. In three seasons he amassed 100 home runs (in 213 games) and had a career slugging percentage of .915. In his junior season, he hit 48 home runs and finished the year with an NCAA record 1.140 slugging percentage.[1] He also led Oklahoma State to the College World Series in each of his three seasons. He is still the NCAA Division I baseball all-time leader in home runs in a career and home runs in a season.

He was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.[2]

Major League career

Incaviglia's rookie season came in 1986. Drafted by the Montreal Expos, he refused to play a day in the minor leagues. He was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Bob Sebra and Jim Anderson.[3] The Rangers would grant the request and make him the 15th player in Major League history to debut in the majors without ever playing minor league ball since the amateur draft began in 1965.[1] He had the tenth most home runs in the league (30) and set a Rangers club record, but also struck out the most times in 1986, and currently holds eighth place on the single-season strikeout record. His rookie season set a standard that he would be unable to match the rest of his career. In 1987, his home run output decreased by three, but his batting average climbed 21 points, he had a better slugging percentage, and he cut down his strikeouts by 17.

Incaviglia hit at least 20 home runs in his first five seasons, all with Texas. His playing time and production dropped thereafter in single seasons with Detroit and Houston, but his career received a boost when he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies before the 1993 season. He and fellow outfielder Jim Eisenreich were key acquisitions for the team that would go on to win the division and reach the World Series (one year after finishing in last place). In just 368 at-bats, Incaviglia hit 24 home runs and drove in a career-best 89 runs. He also posted career highs in OPS (.848) and WAR (2.9).

Pete Incaviglia Rule

As a result of the Expos trading Incaviglia immediately after signing him, Major League Baseball instituted a rule whereby a team cannot trade a drafted player until he has been under contract to the club for at least one year. This was known as the Pete Incaviglia Rule.[4] The rule was changed during the 2015 season, allowing teams to trade drafted players the day after the World Series concludes.[5]

Coaching and managing career

Incaviglia was the hitting coach for the Erie SeaWolves, the Detroit Tigers Class AA affiliate in the Eastern League, for the three seasons, but was dismissed at the end of the 2006 season.[6]

Incaviglia was announced as the first manager of the Grand Prairie AirHogs on October 24, 2007. The AirHogs began play in May 2008 in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and reached the Southern Division playoffs in his first season as their manager.[7] After five seasons as manager of the Laredo Lemurs—even winning the 2015 American Association championship—he returned to the AirHogs as hitting coach after the Lemurs shut down operations prior to the 2017 season.

On November 6, 2017, Incaviglia was announced as the second manager of the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB), a position vacated by Gary Gaetti.

Grimsley affidavit

On December 20, 2007 Incaviglia was named in Jason Grimsley's unsealed affidavit as an alleged user of amphetamines.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Heiss, Dana (May 1, 1999). "Pete Incaviglia, College Baseball's Home Run Champion, Retires". Baseball Weekly. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2007.
  2. ^ "Lynn, Olerud head College Baseball Hall class". The Sports Network. April 10, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2007.
  3. ^ "1987 Topps baseball card # 280".
  4. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy (April 20, 2007). "Arizona owners show true colors". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on July 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Axisa, Mike (May 2, 2015). "May 2 Prospect Watch: MLB fixes the 'Pete Incaviglia Rule'". cbssports.com. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Leonardi, Ron. "Tigers fire SeaWolves manager, coaches". Go Erie.com. The Times Publishing Company. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  7. ^ AirHogs Clinch Playoffs Archived August 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Affidavit: Grimsley named players". CNN. December 20, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2007.

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1983 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 1983 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1983 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its thirty seventh year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Six regions held a four team, double-elimination tournament while two regions included six teams, resulting in 36 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The thirty-seventh tournament's champion was Texas, coached by Cliff Gustafson. The Most Outstanding Player was Calvin Schiraldi of Texas.

1984 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes two different All-America selectors for the 1984 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947) and Baseball America (since 1981).

1984 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 1984 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1984 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its thirty eighth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Six regions held a four team, double-elimination tournament while two regions included six teams, resulting in 36 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The thirty-eighth tournament's champion was Cal State Fullerton, coached by Augie Garrido. The Most Outstanding Player was John Fishel of Cal State Fullerton.

1985 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes two different All-America selectors for the 1985 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947) and Baseball America (since 1981).

1986 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1986 season involved the Rangers finishing 2nd in the American League west with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses.

1987 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1987 season involved the Rangers finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses.

1988 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1988 season involved the Rangers finishing 6th in the American League west with a record of 70 wins and 91 losses.

1989 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1989 season involved the Rangers finishing fourth in the American League West with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

1990 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1990 season involved the Rangers finishing 3rd in the American League west with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

1993 National League Championship Series

The 1993 National League Championship Series was played between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. The Phillies stunned the 104-win Braves, who were bidding for their third consecutive World Series appearance, and won the NLCS, 4–2.

The Phillies would go on to lose to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series in six games.

1993 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 111th season in the history of the franchise The team won the National League East championship and defeated the Atlanta Braves in the 1993 National League Championship Series in six games, before losing the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Laredo Lemurs

The Laredo Lemurs were a professional baseball team based in Laredo, Texas, that played in the independent American Association from 2012 to 2016. The team played their home games at the Uni-Trade Stadium in Laredo, replacing the Laredo Broncos of United League Baseball. The team withdrew from the league prior to the start of the 2017 season.

List of Major League Baseball players (I)

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List of college baseball career home run leaders

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Oklahoma State Cowboys baseball

Oklahoma State Cowboys baseball is the NCAA Division I varsity intercollegiate baseball team of Oklahoma State University, based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States. The team competes in the Big 12 Conference.

Oklahoma State has won 31 conference championships in baseball, as well as 21 conference tournament championships, as of June 1, 2015. The Cowboys have also earned 46 NCAA Tournament bids (fourth most all-time) and have played in 20 College World Series (sixth most all-time), including seven straight from 1981–87, with their lone national championship coming in 1959. OSU ranks sixth in all-time win percentage among all Division I programs, with an all-time record of 2,513–1,266–4 (.665). The Cowboys' current head coach is Josh Holliday.

Sugar Land Skeeters

The Sugar Land Skeeters are an American professional baseball team located in Sugar Land, Texas. The Skeeters play in the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB), which is an independent league not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They have played their home games at Constellation Field since the beginning of the 2012 season.

The Skeeters entered the Atlantic League as an expansion team in 2010. They are the first Atlantic League team to play outside of the Northeast; the team is also the first of a planned western division to include four to six other teams. The Skeeters are the first independent league baseball team in the Greater Houston metropolitan area since the Houston Buffaloes' final season in 1961, and they are also the first from the city of Sugar Land.

The team's name, "Skeeters", is a Southern slang word for mosquito, and was the result of a team-sponsored name-the-team contest. Part of the reason for the naming is that mosquitoes are very common in the summer nights in Southeast Texas.The Sugar Land Skeeters have played in three Atlantic League Championships. In 2014, they were swept 3–0 by the Lancaster Barnstormers in the best-of-five game series. They returned for the second time in 2016, where they won the ALPB title, 3–0, against the Long Island Ducks. Matched up against the Ducks again in 2018, the Skeeters won their second ALPB Championship in franchise history after a 4-1 win in a decisive Game 5.

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