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B-R: HoF Candidate – Edgardo Alfonzo

Posted by Neil on December 12, 2011

Edgardo Alfonzo

Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo

Positions: Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: August 11, 1973 in Santa Teresa, Miranda, Venezuela (Age 38)
High School: Cecilio Acosto (Cecilio Acosto, VE)
Signed
by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 1991. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 26, 1995
Teams (by GP): Mets/Giants/Angels/BlueJays 1995-2006
Agents: Peter Greenberg [*]
Final Game: June 11, 2006
Relatives: Cousin of Eliezer Alfonzo

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1991 17 NYM-min Rk 54 221 175 29 58 8 4 0 27 6 4 34 12 .331 .433 .423 .856 74 0 2 4 6 0 MET · GULF
1992 18 NYM-min A-,A+ 78 327 303 41 106 13 5 1 44 7 5 18 31 .350 .382 .436 .817 132 6 0 2 4 1 PFD,SCE · NYPL,FLOR
1993 19 NYM-min A+ 128 569 494 75 145 18 3 11 86 26 16 57 51 .294 .366 .409 .775 202 13 5 4 9 3 SCE · FLOR
1994 20 NYM-min AA 127 574 498 89 146 34 2 15 75 14 11 64 55 .293 .369 .460 .829 229 9 0 5 7 6 BNG · EL
1995 21 NYM NL 101 356 335 26 93 13 5 4 41 1 1 12 37 .278 .301 .382 .683 82 128 7 1 4 4 1 54/6
1996 22 NYM NL 123 407 368 36 96 15 2 4 40 2 0 25 56 .261 .304 .345 .649 75 127 8 0 9 5 2 456
1997 23 NYM NL 151 599 518 84 163 27 2 10 72 11 6 63 56 .315 .391 .432 .823 119 224 4 5 8 5 0 *56/4 MVP-13
1998 24 NYM NL 144 630 557 94 155 28 2 17 78 8 3 65 77 .278 .355 .427 .782 106 238 11 3 2 3 1 *5/6
1999 25 NYM NL 158 726 628 123 191 41 1 27 108 9 2 85 85 .304 .385 .502 .886 125 315 14 3 1 9 2 *4 MVP-8,SS
2000 26 NYM NL 150 650 544 109 176 40 2 25 94 3 2 95 70 .324 .425 .542 .967 147 295 12 5 0 6 1 *4/D AS,MVP-15
2001 27 NYM-min AAA 2 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 NFK · IL
2001 27 NYM NL 124 519 457 64 111 22 0 17 49 5 0 51 62 .243 .322 .403 .725 90 184 7 5 1 5 0 *4
2002 28 NYM NL 135 562 490 78 151 26 0 16 56 6 0 62 55 .308 .391 .459 .851 127 225 5 7 0 3 8 *5
2003 29 SFG NL 142 586 514 56 133 25 2 13 81 5 2 58 41 .259 .334 .391 .726 90 201 14 4 3 7 4 *5/4
2004 30 SFG NL 139 576 519 66 150 26 1 11 77 1 1 46 40 .289 .350 .407 .757 95 211 15 5 2 4 2 *5/4
2005 31 SFG-min AAA 4 15 15 2 7 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .467 .467 .600 1.067 9 0 0 0 0 0 FRE · PCL
2005 31 SFG NL 109 402 368 36 102 17 1 2 43 2 0 27 34 .277 .327 .345 .672 76 127 11 2 1 4 1 5/4
2006 32 NYM-TOR-min AAA,AA 45 171 149 11 34 6 0 3 19 0 1 18 16 .228 .316 .329 .645 49 4 2 0 2 0 NFK,MAN · IL,EL
2006 32 TOT AL 30 95 87 5 11 2 0 0 5 0 0 7 4 .126 .200 .149 .349 -7 13 2 1 0 0 0 54/3D
2006 32 LAA AL 18 52 50 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 .100 .135 .120 .255 -33 6 1 0 0 0 0 5/3D
2006 32 TOR AL 12 43 37 4 6 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 1 .162 .279 .189 .468 25 7 1 1 0 0 0 4
2008 34 -min AAA 55 244 214 25 60 12 0 3 17 1 2 23 17 .280 .355 .379 .734 81 6 3 2 2 1 QRO · MEX
2009 35 -min Fgn 21 46 41 3 6 0 0 2 4 0 0 4 10 .146 .217 .293 .510 12 1 0 0 1 0 YOM · JPCL
12 Seasons 1506 6108 5385 777 1532 282 18 146 744 53 17 596 617 .284 .357 .425 .782 104 2288 110 41 31 55 22
162 Game Avg. 162 657 579 84 165 30 2 16 80 6 2 64 66 .284 .357 .425 .782 104 246 12 4 3 6 2
NYM (8 yrs) 1086 4449 3897 614 1136 212 14 120 538 45 14 458 498 .292 .367 .445 .812 113 1736 68 29 25 40 15
SFG (3 yrs) 390 1564 1401 158 385 68 4 26 201 8 3 131 115 .275 .338 .385 .723 88 539 40 11 6 15 7
LAA (1 yr) 18 52 50 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 .100 .135 .120 .255 -33 6 1 0 0 0 0
TOR (1 yr) 12 43 37 4 6 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 1 .162 .279 .189 .468 25 7 1 1 0 0 0
NL (11 yrs) 1476 6013 5298 772 1521 280 18 146 739 53 17 589 613 .287 .359 .429 .789 106 2275 108 40 31 55 22
AL (1 yr) 30 95 87 5 11 2 0 0 5 0 0 7 4 .126 .200 .149 .349 -7 13 2 1 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2011.

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26 Responses to “B-R: HoF Candidate – Edgardo Alfonzo”

  1. All Giants Fans Everywhere Says:

    What? No.

  2. For a time there in 1999-2000 he was the best player in New York.

    But HOF? No.

  3. No, he's not a HOF'er, but Alfonzo deserves to be on the ballot. That he was omitted in favor of guys like Tony Womack and Terry Mulholland is a joke.

  4. Met fan for life Says:

    One of my favorite Mets of all time. His star shone briefly, but brightly. Clearly not a Hall of Famer, but well-remembered.

  5. Is this a Jeopardy answer?

    The question being "Name a player who is wholly unqualified to be in the HOF?"

    Personally I think the answer should have been Johnnie LeMaster.

    (God I miss the blog)

  6. My fellow Mets fan for life has it exactly right. Edgardo Alfonzo was a fine player for several years, and an excellent player for a couple, but the Hall of Fame is not for fine players. It is not even for players who were excellent for a couple of seasons. If Fonzie had been able to maintain his 1999-2000 numbers, then yes, he would be a Hall of Famer, but he didn't maintain those numbers. He faded young. His last good year was 2002, when he was 28. Players whose best years are behind them when they are 28 do not belong in the Hall. And really, it is ridiculous to ask if he belongs.

  7. Alfonzo has the 5th highest WAR of the newly eligibles... behind Brian Jordan and ahead of Javy Lopez. If Brian Jordan gets inducted, then we'll can discuss Edgardo.

    I thought this was going to be a link to special candidate profiles with Alfonzo being a random example. But this just looks like a Jim DeShaies style plug for a favorite-son vote or two. :-)

  8. I wonder what could have been if it wasn't for the back injuries...

    Definitely not a HoF but one of my favorite players of all time, and a much more deserving candidate than Terry Mulholland or the dreadful Tony Womack.

  9. No disrespect to Alfonzo or his fans, but I am surprised this is even up for discussion.

  10. Gr8 player for the Mets for a very short period of time. Definitely a fan favorite. Certainly not a HOF'er and most probably not even worth of the Hall of the Very Good either.

  11. It's funny, because as soon as I looked at his stats, I immediately thought of Carlos Baerga. Two really good years, then kind of a sharp decline but hung around for several more years.

    So naturally I feel really smart right now after seeing Baerga as the top similarity score.

    It is slightly curious he's not on the ballot, but he'd get like 3-4 votes at most anyway.

  12. @2 and 19, I have always suspected he was on PED's during that 99-00 stretch and probably before. At least he sure fits the profile.

  13. @12
    You know, before there were steroids, guys used to have their careers flame out all the time.

    Called up to the majors very young and after a couple years of adjustment breaks out and is all-star caliber from ages 23-26 and MVP caliber from 25-26 before having an off year, a move to an easier position brings a comeback season but then he declines and its washed up at age 32. That's not that uncommon of a story from an historical perspective.

  14. Perhpas he'll be on the ballot 5 years after his time in Mexico or Japan.

  15. As a Mets fan, he's in my personal Hall of Fame, the qualifications for which are entirely subjective and have to do with how much I liked them when they played. He's there with Mookie Wilson, Gooden, Straw, and others. But he's not even close to the (slightly more objective) Baseball Hall of Fame standard. He was extremely good for a very short time.

  16. Does anyone think any player from this year's freshman class (their first year on the ballot) will be retained for next year? I think Bernie Williams will get the mandatry 5% for retention but can't see anyone else in this weak class. Javy lopez and Vinny Castilla may get 5% but I won't hold my breath, and Alfonzo might get a vote, but 5% seems like quite a stretch.

  17. @ Dan:

    The best player in NY 1999-2000 was Bernie Williams, hands down. Stop it with this Edgardo Alfonzo non-sense.

  18. Ah, how soon we forget.

    There was a time, however brief, that Edgardo's name was mentioned in the same breath as Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Jeff Kent, etc.

    But realistically his career and peak were both short and his peak was only very briefly exceptional- he's deserving of being on the ballot but not of serious consideration for the Hall.

  19. At first glance, I pretty much agree that Edgardo didn't have a HOF career, though some individual years were superb. He sure burned out rapidly in '06, at a young age.

    Good call on the Baerga similarities. I agree, though Alfonzo did have a better career OBP and slightly more power.

    Does the fact that he primarily played 2B and 3B sweeten the pot at all? I'm curious if there is any valid argument that he does belong in. I can't really see one.

  20. 4 nice seasons in a row do not make a HOFer!

  21. Oh Fonzie, just another example of how injuries crippled a would-be Hall of Fame (or at least deserving of consideration) career.

  22. I would say that Jeter may have been the best ballplayer in NY in 99-2000. Any one else agree?

  23. Joe Garrison Says:

    I see two HOF-type seasons and that's it.

    I miss the blog too.

  24. @ kidqueen

    Jeter himself called Alfonzo the best player in New York in 2000.

    @ Jim

    How about we stop it with the yankee worship nonsense and give Alfonzo his due. There was a time where his level of play exceeded any one player from the Bronx. Your golden shortstop even said so himself.

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