From BR Bullpen
Luis Ernesto Salazar Garcia
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut August 15, 1980
- Final Game October 4, 1992
- Born May 19, 1956 in Barcelona, Anzoategui, Venezuela
 Biographical Information
He was a career .333 (9 for 27) in postseason play.
He suffered a frightening injury on March 9, 2011. Standing in the dugout during an exhibition game between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals in Kissimmee, FL, he was hit flush in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Brian McCann. He collapsed to the ground, unconscious and bleeding profusely. He had to be airlifted by helicopter to a medical facility in Orlando, FL while the game was stopped and trainers feared for his life. He regained consciousness in hospital, but suffered multiple facial fractures as a result of the accident; surgeons were also unable to save his left eye, which had to be surgically removed. However, it was considered a minor miracle that he had not only survived, but not suffered any brain damage. He was released from hospital on March 17. While coach Rick Albert began the season as Lynchburg's manager, Salazar's recovery was speedy enough to be ready to manager the team's home opener on April 15. He lost that initial game, 7-2, as Lynchburg drew its largest crowd for a home opener in 20 years, a crowd which gave the manager a long standing ovation as he was introduced before the game. At the end of Lynchburg's season, he was invited to spend some time on Fredi Gonzalez's coaching staff with the Braves.
- 1999 Coach Louisville RiverBats
- 2000 Coach Indianapolis Indians
- 2001 Coach Milwaukee Brewers
- 2007-2008 Coach Jacksonville Suns
- 2009 Coach Chattanooga Lookouts
- 2010 Minor League Hitting Instructor, Atlanta Braves