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Winston Enriquillo Llenas Davila

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.

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"Your children have Nintendo and Nickelodeon. . . Here we have mainly baseball. I don't know if you can ever comprehend how much this game means to us." - Winston Llenas, interviewed in the book "The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic"

Winston Llenas, nicknamed "Chilote" in the D.R., played six seasons in the majors with the California Angels as a backup infielder/outfielder. He also played many seasons in the Dominican Republic and in Mexico, and in later life became a baseball executive.

He was one of the early major leaguers from the Dominican Republic, signed in 1961 by the Kansas City Athletics but released in 1962. The Angels then signed him, and eventually brought him up in 1968-69, but he wasn't up to stay until 1972, eleven years after he had originally signed to play professional ball.

In 1964 in Single A ball, he hit .346. In 1966 in Double A ball, he hit 25 home runs. In 1970 he led the PCL with 108 RBI while playing for the 1970 Hawaii Islanders who went 98-48.

In 1967-68, he became a respected slugger in Mexico with Jalisco. After his major league days, he went back to Mexico to play several more seasons.

In Dominican League winter ball, Llenas was usually the clean-up hitter and is one of the all-time leaders for the most home runs.

After his playing career ended, Winston Llenas was a Toronto Blue Jays coach in 1988.

Right now he is part owner of Las Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Republic (Santiago). He has previously served the team as manager, general manager, and team president. He also scouted for the Cleveland Indians, signing Willy Taveras.

His brother Gus Llenas was an infielder in the Philadelphia Phillies chain.

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