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Antonio Scull Hernández
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 5", Weight 212 lb.
Antonio Scull was a three-time Olympic performer in baseball, winning two Gold Medals.
Scull led the 1991-1992 Serie Nacional with 7 sacrifice flies for the Metropolitanos. He led in 1994-1995 with 28 doubles. Scull played very well in the 1995 World Port Tournament, going 10 for 21 with 2 walks, 3 triples, a homer, 7 runs and 5 RBI. He led the event in triples, tied for 5th in runs, was 4th in total bases (19), tied for 6th in hits, tied for 4th in average (1st on the champion Havana team), led in slugging and was 5th in OBP.
Scull made the Cuban national team for the first time in a major event for the 1996 Olympics at age 30. He was 2 for 5 with a homer, 3 runs and 3 RBI, backing up Lazaro Vargas at first base and playing one game as a backup in right field. He did not play in the Gold Medal Game, won by Cuba.
Antonio drove in 65 runs for the Industriales in 1999-2000 to lead the Serie Nacional. He hit .333 that year, tying Yasser Gómez for third in the loop. He was again Cuba's backup 1B in the Olympics in the 2000 Olympics, going 3 for 9 with a triple, 2 runs and 3 RBI as the backup to Orestes Kindelan. He did not play in the Gold Medal game, which Cuba lost to Team USA.
Scull backed up Kindelan again in the 2001 Baseball World Cup, going 4 for 8 with a double, 2 walks, a RBI and five runs. He did not play in the Gold Medal game, as Cuba beat the USA. It was his only major tournament with the national team outside the Olympics, surprisingly.
In 2004, the veteran led the Súper Liga with 7 doubles. At age 38, he played in the 2004 Olympics as Cuba's oldest performer; Adiel Palma was the next-oldest at 33. He saw more action than in his prior two Olympics, splitting first base duties with Danny Miranda. Scull was just 3 for 17 with a walk, homer, 2 runs and 3 RBI. He again sat out the Gold Medal game, though, as Cuba took home the title with a victory over Australia.
Scull had played 18 seasons through 2003-2004 with a .312/.397/.509 batting line, 340 doubles, 204 homers and 1,071 RBI in 5,128 AB.
Through 2008-2009, Scull was 7th in Cuban history with 350 doubles (one behind Victor Mesa), 2nd with 89 sacrifice flies (2 behind Kindelan) and tied for 10th with 130 intentional walks. He was only 35 shy of the top 10 in RBI.