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Dámaso García

Dámaso García
Second baseman
Born: (1957-02-07) February 7, 1957 (age 58)
Moca, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 24, 1978 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 12, 1989 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Batting average .283
Hits 1,108
Runs batted in 323
Stolen bases 203
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Career highlights and awards

Dámaso Domingo García Sánchez (born February 7, 1957 in Moca, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball player best known for his time spent with the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1980s.

Originally he played soccer. In 1974, he was the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra soccer team's captain. That year he played too as the captain for the Dominican Republic national football team at XII Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo.

Playing career

García made his major league debut in

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As Toronto's second baseman through

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Garcia batted leadoff during most of his tenure with the Blue Jays but was dropped to the ninth spot in the order at the beginning of the 1986 season.[1] Garcia struggled in the new spot in the order.[1] On May 14, 1986, following a loss to the Cleveland Indians Garcia burned his uniform in the hopes of ending the slump.[2] This move angered Blue Jays manager Jimy Williams who confronted Garcia in front of the entire team and strained Garcia's relationship with the Blue Jays.[2] Garcia was traded along with Luis Leal to the Atlanta Braves (for Craig McMurtry) in the

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Following the trade, García struggled to find a major league home. He played some time with the Braves in

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A year after he retired, Garcia started to have double vision and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. In 1991, Garcia had the tumor removed, and was told that he only has six months to live.[3] The effects of the tumor left him with limited speech and certain movement. He recovered enough to throw out the first pitch of a Blue Jays playoff game in 1992.[3] His oldest son suffers from hemophilia.[3] and now runs a baseball camp for hemophiliac children in the Dominican Republic.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Flashback Friday: Damasco Garcia Sets His Uniform on Fire". The Blue Jay Hunter, June 5, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Elliot, Bob. "Garcia still burned up about making ashes out of Jays' uniform". Ottawa Citizen, December 10, 1986. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c White, Paul. "Garcia still making a difference". USA Today, February 26, 2002. Retrieved on January 6, 2009.

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