Onix Cardona Concepción Cardona
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 6", Weight 180 lb.
Onix Concepcion collected his first big league hit on September 10, 1980; it was a pinch hit single off Andy Hassler. Concepcion played in the 1980 World Series as a pinch-runner, then succeeded U.L. Washington as the Kansas City Royals' regular shortstop in 1984. He lost the job late in the 1985 season, as the Royals were headed to their second consecutive division title: he hit only .204 that year, after hitting a career-high .282 in 1984. Buddy Biancalana, who took over for Concepcion at shortstop, was not much of a hitter either, but was considered a better fielder; he would go on to become an unlikely hero of the Royals win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, while Concepcion sat on the bench.