Edgardo Alfonzo

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Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo

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Biographical Information[edit]

Edgardo Alfonzo played 12 seasons in the big leagues. He hit over .300 several times, with a high of .324 in 2000, and he slugged 146 home runs with a high of 27 in 1999. He primarily played third base (889 games) and second base (549 games). His best seasons came as a member of the New York Mets. On August 30, 1999 he became the first player in Mets history to have a six-hit game, doing so in a 17-1 win over the Houston Astros; he also hit three homers that day for the only time in his career and scored six runs, which tied the major league mark for a single game.

Nicknamed "Fonzie", Alfonzo primarily wore number 13. He showed talent early in his playing days, hitting .331 in Rookie ball in 1991 and .356 for the Pittsfield Mets in A Short-Season in 1992. He was considered a strong clutch hitter, launching a two-run home run in his first at bat against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1999 National League Wild Card one-game playoff and staking Al Leiter all the support he would need in a Mets shutout. The next night, Fonzie took future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson downtown in the 1st inning of the Mets' NLDS duel with the Arizona Diamondbacks, then slugged a grand slam to break a 4-4 tie in the 9th and stake New York to another win.

Following two seasons that were decent, but not at his peak 1999-2000 performance level, Alfonzo was allowed to leave via free agency and joined the San Francisco Giants for 2003. Despite flashes of his old self in 2004, he washed out of the bigs after a cameo with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006. In February 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He debuted on Opening Day, hitting 6th between Seung-yeop Lee and Shinnosuke Abe, and went 1 for 4. He was released after the season and last played in 2012 in the Chicago White Sox system.

He joined the Brooklyn Cyclones coaching staff in 2014 as their first base coach. He moved up to bench coach in 2015-2016 with the Cyclones before managing the team from 2017-2019, winning the New York-Penn League title in his last year. After the season Alfonzo accepted a Mets' offer to serve as a club ambassador and he made occasional appearances on behalf of the team over the next two years. Alfonzo wanted to return to coaching in 2022, but the Mets had no openings for him. This led him to look elsewhere and he accepted a managing position for the new Staten Island FerryHawks of the independent Atlantic League.

In 2020, it was announced Fonzie would be inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame, along with pitchers Ron Darling and Jon Matlack.

His brother, Roberto Alfonzo, played in the Mets organization in 1993 and 1994. Another brother, Edgar Alfonzo, played in the California Angels and Baltimore Orioles organizations and preceded him as Brooklyn's skipper. His nephew, Edgar Alfonzo, Jr., also played professionally.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (2000)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1999/2B)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1999 & 2000)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1999)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1999 & 2000)

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2017 Brooklyn Cyclones New York-Penn League 24-52 14th New York Mets
2018 Brooklyn Cyclones New York-Penn League 40-35 5th New York Mets
2019 Brooklyn Cyclones New York-Penn League 43-32 1st New York Mets League Champs
2022 Staten Island FerryHawks Atlantic League 48-84 10th Independent Leagues

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