Alvaro Espinoza Signed 1989 Topps Traded Baseball Card - New York Yankees
Álvaro Alberto Espinoza Ramírez (born February 19, 1962) is a former Venezuelan shortstop in Major League Baseball. He batted and threw right-handed.
Born in Valencia, Carabobo, he graduated from Pedro Gual High School where he played baseball, soccer and basketball.
As a young prospect, Espinoza was let go by the Houston Astros system. But he went on to have twelve decent seasons with the Minnesota Twins (1984–1986), New York Yankees (1988–1991), Cleveland Indians (1993–1996), New York Mets (1996) and Seattle Mariners (1997).
Although a free swinger, Espinoza was a good bat handler and contact hitter. His game was to simply put the ball in play and not try to hit for power. As a baserunner, he had average speed.
A sure-handed fielder, he had a strong throwing arm and found many ways to turn a double play, as well as his concentration and knowledge of the game were his main assets.
In a 12-season career, Espinoza hit a .254 average with 22 home runs and 201 RBI in 942 games, including 252 runs, 105 doubles, nine triples, and 13 stolen bases.
He was also noted for his bubble gum hat antics, as well as other practical jokes he and teammmate Wayne Kirby used to play on the 1995 Cleveland Indians.
Following his playing career after the 1997 season, Espinoza turned to coaching. In 1998, he worked with the Montreal Expos as their minor league infield coordinator.
Hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Espinoza made his managerial debut in 1999 and guided Class-A Vero Beach to a 48–85 record in the Florida State League. He spent 2000 and 2001 as the Dodgers Minor League Roving Infield Coordinator.
In 2002, Espinoza was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and then named their infield Instructor in 2004.
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