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Antonio Alfonseca

Antonio Alfonseca
Born: (1972-04-16) April 16, 1972 (age 48)
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 17, 1997 for the Florida Marlins
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 2007 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 35–37
Earned run average 4.11
Strikeouts 400
Saves 129
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Career highlights and awards

Antonio Alfonseca (/ælfɒnˈskə/; Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtonjo alfonˈseka]; born April 16, 1972 in La Romana, Dominican Republic) is a retired relief pitcher. He last pitched in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, and is also known for having an extra digit on each hand and foot. Alfonseca has also played for the Florida Marlins (

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Alfonseca is known for his sixth fingers on each hand

Alfonseca was originally signed by the Montreal Expos as a non-drafted free agent in July

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At the end of the

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On September 2, 2003, while with the Cubs, Alfonseca was thrown out of a game for bumping an umpire with his stomach.[2] He was subsequently suspended for five games.[3]

After the

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His nicknames are El Pulpo ("The Octopus"), The Dragonslayer, and Six-Fingers. He has six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, a condition known as polydactyly. His grandfather also had this trait. Alfonseca regards it with pride, as a kind of family emblem.[4]

Alfonseca and his wife Rocio have two sons: Antonio, Jr.. and Mark Anthony, and two daughters, Jenitza and Asia .[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Incident reportedly did not lead to trade". March 28, 2002. 
  2. ^ "Alfonseca, Alou ejected", Carrie Muskat,, September 2, 2003
  3. ^ "Alfonseca to miss five games", Carrie Muskat,, September 2, 2003
  4. ^ "Rangers' Alfonseca relies on sinker, not a little extra", Evan Grant, The Dallas Morning News, April 13, 2006.
  5. ^ Antonio Alfonseca: Biography and Career Highlights

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