Alex Arias

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Alejandro Arias

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Biographical Information[edit]

After his major league career ended, infielder Alex Arias was a player/coach for the Yuma Scorpions of the Golden Baseball League in 2005 and joined the coaching staff of the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League in 2006. He was named manager of the Bluefield Orioles for 2007.

His .320 batting average as a pinch hitter is the highest of any batter with at least 150 at bats in the role, tied with Tommy Davis.

He batted for a career high .303 with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1999. That year, he led the National League in pinch hitting with a .545 average (12 for 22); this is a remarkable achievement as he stepped in to replace Desi Relaford at SS after Relaford injured his wrist. Arias continued in a starting role until Relaford's return in early September. Had he been given the opportunity for a few more starts, after Relaford returned to the starting line-up, Arias would have been officially inked in the history book for being second in fielding percentage for shortstops.

He was the last member of the Phillies to start a triple play at Veterans Stadium. In fact, he started triple plays in back-to-back years. The first was against the New York Mets at the Vet and the second against the San Francisco Giants. He also knocked in the winning run with a double down the left field line to close out the Vet.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2007 Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League 32-36 6th Baltimore Orioles

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