Antonio Alfonseca...Married, wife's name is Rocio; two sons, Antonio Jr. and Mark Anthony and one
Compiled a 0.75 ERA (1 ER, 12.0 IP) through his first 11 appearances... Was inserted into the closer's
role when Brett Myers went on the DL on 5/25... Earned his 1st save as a Phillie, 5/26 at ATL (1.0 IP,
H); his 1st ML save since 9/13/02 at CIN with CHI... Went 1-0, 8 SV, 3.63 ERA (7 ER, 17.1 IP) in 19 games as the closer; 2.12 ERA
(4 ER, 17.0 IP) through the first 18 games... Phillies went 16-3 (.842) in those 19 games... Had 9 consecutive scoreless
appearances, 7/29-8/18 (5.0 IP).
Began the season with TEX...Compiled a 1.69 ERA (2 ER, 10.2 IP) through his first 11 appearances...
Pitched shutout baseball in 13 of his 19 appearances...Placed on the 15-day DL on 5/19 with a
sore right elbow (retroactive to 5/10)...Made 4 rehab appearances between Oklahoma (AAA) and Frisco (AA) before being
activated on 6/6...Appeared in 2 games before being designated for assignment on 6/9...TEX went 10-9 (.526) in his 19
appearances...Pitched winter ball for Azucareros in the Dominican Winter League.
Split the season between Florida and a rehab assignment with Jupiter (A)...made the Marlins Opening Day roster, going 1-1, 4.94
(15 ER/27.1 IP) in 33 relief appearances...left in the 7th inning of outing on April 21 vs. New York (NL) due to elbow soreness...placed
on the 15-day disabled list the following day with a stress fracture in his right elbow...transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June
24...activated on July 26...finished the season with 8 holds, 3rd-best among Marlins relievers.
Summary: Was 0-1, 1.59 (1 ER/5.2 IP) in 6 appearances in April...held opposing batters to a .125 (2-16) average before being placed
on the disabled list on April 22...activated from the DL on July 26, and tossed 1.0 scoreless inning that night vs. Pittsburgh, lowering
ERA to 1.35...allowed 2 ER in 3.2 innings (4.91 ERA) over next 4 appearances, from July 27-August 1, raising ERA to 2.61...tossed
2.0 scoreless innings over next 4 outings, from August 3-10, to lower ERA to 2.19...posted a 7.71 ERA (12 ER/14.0 IP) over next 14
appearances, through September 26, to raise ERA to season-high 5.13...tossed 1.0 scoreless inning in final appearance of the season,
on September 28 vs. Washington to finish at 4.94...allowed runs in 10 of 33 outings...permitted 10 of 23 (43.5%) inherited runners
to score...was 0-2 in save opportunites...allowed just 2 home runs in 33 outings and 27.1 innings pitched...opposing batters hit
.299 (29-97), .244 (11-45) against left-handers and .346 (18-52) against right-handers...first batters hit .250 (7-28)...earned lone win
of the season on August 25 at Milwaukee, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning...took only loss on April 9 vs. Washington, allowing game-winning
homer to Jose Guillen in the 10th...recorded season-high 2 strikeouts on 2 occasions, July 27 vs. Pittsburgh and September 20
at New York (NL)...tossed season-high 1.1 scoreless innings in first appearance of the season on April 6 vs. Atlanta...was 0-1, 1.59
(1 ER/5.2 IP) in 6 appearances before going on the DL and 1-0, 5.82 (14 ER/21.2 IP) in 27 outings after being activated...held batters
to .200 (4-20) average in 8 appearances during the day...posted a 2.25 ERA (1 ER/4.0 IP) in 4 outings in July...was ejected on
April 17 at New York (NL) after arguing a fair/foul ball from the bullpen...also ejected in 7th inning on August 28 at Chicago (NL) for
arguing balls and strikes.
Injury/Rehab: Tossed scoreless 6th inning on April 21 vs. New York (NL)...came out for 7th inning, but threw just 3 pitches, leaving
the game with a 2-1 count on Victor Diaz...left game with right elbow soreness...placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 22 with
a stress fracture in his right elbow...transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 24...made rehab assignment with Jupiter from July
21-26...recorded a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3.0 IP) in 3 outings with the Hammerheads, all against Palm Beach.
Set career-bests with a 2.57 ERA, .255 opponent batting average, .322 opponent on-base percentage, and .349 opponent slugging percentage....retired 54 of 79 first batters and had 15 holds...Set a career-high when he posted his sixth win on August 14 vs. St. Louis...Took three of his four losses to Philadelphia, against whom he posted a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings...Pitched in a career-high 79 games, topping his previous high of 73, set in 1999 with Florida...ranked 10th in the NL in games pitched, working in one more game than Todd Jones and Guillermo Mota, who tied for 11th...At Turner Field, went 4-1 with a 1.30 ERA, while he had a 4.22 ERA on the road...Posted a 1.64 ERA after the All-Star Break, holding opposing hitters to a .220 batting average...Did not allow a run from May 1-25, going 3-0 in 12 games, covering 12.0 innings...also threw shutout ball from June 16 - July 4, a 12-game, 11.0-inning stretch...longest scoreless streak of the season was from August 28 - September 23, a 14-game span when he allowed six hits in 13.1 innings, lowering his season ERA from 3.23 to 2.61...In his final 25 games beginning on August 17, allowed just four runs and had a 1.19 ERA (3 ER, 22.2 IP, 5 BB, 14 SO)...Took his fourth loss on July 20 vs. Philadelphia after allowing a hit and run in the 10th inning without retiring a batter...First loss came at Philadelphia on Tomas Perez's 10th-inning homer on May 18...Picked up his fifth win on May 15 at Milwaukee, coming in with the bases loaded in the second inning and getting a double play to retire the side...Notched his second straight win on April 18 vs. Florida, throwing a scoreless 10th inning...Had a season-long five-game winning streak from April 10 - May 15, working in 15 games over the stretch.
Appeared in 60 games for the Cubs and went 3-1 with 9 holds and a 5.83 ERA...Over his final 19 games (dating back to August 7), he surrendered 31 hits and 19 runs in 22.2 innings...Picked up victories in back-to-back outings September 12 and 13 vs. Cincinnati; it was the first time he earned wins in consecutive appearances since June 6 and 8, 1999...Earned his first win of the year August 1 vs. Arizona, hurling 3.0 shutout innings in the Cubs' 14-inning 4-3 win; also laid down his first major league sacrifice bunt in the contest...Had another 3.0-inning appearance August 16 vs. Los Angeles...Was activated from the disabled list May 5 after beginning the year on the DL with a strained right hamstring;
suffered the injury in a March 18 exhibition game against Seattle...Before rejoining the Cubs, he made 3 injury rehab appearances for Iowa (AAA) - allowing 2 runs in 3.2 innings of work...From May 5-May 13, he pitched in 7 consecutive contests...Was on Major League Baseball's suspended list for 5 games September 7-11 for bumping umpire Justin Klemm September 2.
Antonio pitched in 66 games in his first season with the Cubs, going 2-5 with 19 saves and a 4.00
ERA...His 55 games finished ranked 10th among National League relievers...Went 19-for-28 in his save
opportunities...Was successful in each of his first 7 save chances...Pitched at least 1.1 innings 16 times -
including a season-high 2.0 innings in 5 appearances...On April 15 at Montreal, he worked 2.0 innings in a 6-4
victory over the Expos; it was the third 2.0-inning save of his career - and his first since July 12, 1998, vs.
Atlanta...Helped clinch the game with a 2-run bases-loaded single in the top of the 9th off Matt Herges - his first
major league hit...Had 5 consecutive outings of at least 1.1 innings from May 19-May 27...Earned his first win as
a Cub June 18 vs. Texas (4-3), throwing a scoreless 9th inning.
Saw action in 58 games in his final season for Florida and went 4-4 with 28 saves, a career-best 3.06 ERA and a ground ball-to-fly ball ratio of better than 2.0-to-1 (115 ground outs, 57 fly outs)...Went 28-for-34 in his save opportunities, becoming just the second Marlin to surpass the 25-saves mark in back-to-back years (Robb
Nen in 1996-1997)...Became the Marlins' all-time appearances leader September 22 at Philadelphia, pitching in his 270th game (to surpass Nen)...Recorded his 100th career save September 18 at Montreal (3-1)...An October 1
MRI revealed a herniated disk in the lumbar 4-5 area; underwent surgery October 6 (Dr. Gary Gieske).
Became the first Marlin to win the Rolaids Relief Man Award, finishing with a Major League-high 45 saves and five wins for 125 points... topped the Mets' Armando Benitez (116 points) and the Giants Robb Nen (115 points)... earned the Rolaids Relief Award for June, recording 26 points...Named the 2000 National League Fireman of the Year by The Sporting News...Equaled the Marlins single-season saves record, matching the 45 saves recorded by Bryan Harvey during the team's inaugural season in 1993...Saved a Major League-best 57 percent of the Marlins victories, saving 45 of the team's 79 wins...Led the National League and finished second in the Majors with a .918 save percentage (45 saves in 49 opportunities), behind only Kazuhiro Sasaki's .925 (37 of 40)... was one of only three pitchers in the Majors with a better than 90% save percentage, along with Detroit's Todd Jones (.913)...Finished second in the Majors with 49 save opportunities, behind only San Diego's Trevor Hoffman (50)... was one of 12 pitchers in the Majors with 40 or more save
opportunities...Ranked fourth in the National League and tied for fifth in the Majors with 62 games finished, tied for 15th in the NL with five relief victories and tied for 19th in the NL with 68 games pitched...Has converted 66 of 72 save opportunities since assuming the full-time closer role on July 9, 1999... overall, has 74 career saves, second on the club's career saves list behind Robb Nen's 108...Tied for third in the Majors with 23 home saves... led the National League and tied for second in the Majors with 22 road saves...Had more saves than 23 of the other 29 clubs and more saves than the 1994 (30), 1995 (29), 1996 (41), 1997 (39), 1998 (24) and 1999 (33) Marlins clubs...Set a Marlins record with 28 saves at the All-Star Break, surpassing the record of 27 set in the team's inaugural season in 1993...Registered a 2.42 ERA in the 45 games in which he recorded a save and a 3.60 ERA in the 49 games with a save opportunity.
..Tied a franchise record by recording his 45th save on the season's final day, in a 7-5 victory vs. Philadelphia on October 1, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.
..Concluded the season by converting on 14 straight save opportunities, dating back to August 9 at St. Louis.
..Earned his career-high sixth victory on September 26, in a 5-4 win vs. Montreal, retiring Andy Tracy, Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Vidro on fly balls in the 10th.
..Recorded saves in a season-high seven consecutive outings from June 30 to July 13.
..Opened the season with 15 saves in his first 16 opportunities, including 14 straight saves from April 7 through May 28.
..Converted 26 of his last 27 save opportunities dating back to June 30 at Montreal, with his only blown save in that span coming in a 10-5 win on August 5 at Cincinnati, a game in which he earned the victory.
..Equaled his career high with his 21st save and notched his 50th career save on June 21 vs. Milwaukee... allowed one run on three hits and stranded the potential game-tying and game-winning runs on base in a 5-4 Marlins victory.
..Set his new career benchmark three days later, on June 24 vs. the Cubs... ended the game with a strikeout of Sammy Sosa before a crowd of 35,140, the Marlins' largest crowd of the season.
..Became the third Marlin with 30 saves in game 103, when he closed out the Arizona Diamondbacks with a perfect ninth inning on July 29.
..Became the second Marlin with 40 saves in the Club's 143rd game, when he slammed the door on a Braves comeback attempt on September 12 in Atlanta... allowed one run on three hits and then ended the game by inducing Andres Galarraga to ground into a bases-loaded double play.
..Tossed more than one inning in seven games, including a season-high 2.0 innings four times... allowed a total of one run in the 8.0 innings, on April 20 at Pittsburgh, May 27 at Cincinnati, June 17 at Pittsburgh and September 10 vs. Arizona.
..Recorded his first save of the season on Opening Night, April 3, preserving a 6-4 victory for Alex Fernandez over the Giants... allowed two hits in the game, including a solo homer by Ellis Burks.
..Had a 2-0 record with a 1.63 ERA (4 ER in 22.0 IP) and 16 saves in 17 opportunities in 21 games pitched in June and July... was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and eight saves in eight opportunities in 11 games pitched in September and October.
..Allowed a career-high seven earned runs on eight hits in one inning vs. the Dodgers on May 21, including a grand slam by Shawn Green and a homer by Gary Sheffield.
..Lost his first three decisions of the year, on April 5 vs. San Francisco, and was defeated in consecutive appearances, on April 26 vs. the Giants and April 29 at LA.
..Won three straight decisions, on June 17 at Pittsburgh, June 25 vs. Chicago and August 5 at Cincinnati, following a 1-4 start.
Selected as the Most Improved Marlin by the South Florida chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America at the end of the season... appeared in 7.0 more innings and made 15 more appearances than in 1998, while allowing eight fewer runs, four fewer walks, dropping ERA from 4.08 to 3.24 and earning 13 more saves. ..Established career highs with 73 appearances and 21 saves... both totals led club... finished tied for eighth in the National League in appearances. ..Was successful in 21 of 23 save opportunities after assuming the closer role on July 11... was a perfect 10-for-10 in his first 10 save opportunities as the closer. ..Finished seventh in the National League by converting 84.0% (21 of 25) of his save opportunities over the entire season. ..Notched first win of the b99 season May 20 vs. Pittsburgh with 3.0 hitless innings in a 14-inning contest. ..Won four consecutive decisions May 20-June 30, while registering a 4-0 record and a 1.46 ERA (4 ER in 24.2 IP) from May 19-July 3. ..Made first 1999 appearance on Opening Day with 0.2 IP vs. Mets... entered game with bases loaded and one out and worked out of the inning without allowing a run. ..Tied career high with eighth save of the season July 30 at Pittsburgh to close out a stretch where he saved eight games in eight appearances from July 11-30. ..Was 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 42 games at home... was 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA in 19 day games... was 1-1 with seven saves and a 2.53 ERA in 12 games on artificial turf... was 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 14 June appearances (3 ER in 12.2 IP). ..Recorded second victory of season June 6 at Tampa Bay after recording two outs while facing just one batter... earned third win June 8 vs. Baltimore... pitched a scoreless 10th inning June 30 vs. New York (NL) for his fourth win of 1999. ..Held opponents to a .274 batting average... lefthanders batted .270 (34 for 126) while righties hit .278 (45 for 162)... opposing batters hit .250 (38 for 152) after June 22. ..Pitched for Aguilas in Dominican Winter League this offseason and posted a 0-0 record with six saves and 1.32 ERA in 13 appearances... finished second in league in saves and added four more in playoffs as team won Dominican Championship.
Finished second on club with 58 relief appearances in his first full season in Major Leagues... ranked fourth among National League rookie hurlers in appearances. ..Tied for second among rookies and finished second on the club with eight saves. ..Earned his first big league save with a 1-2-3 tenth inning April 27 at Colorado. ..Established career high and tied a club record for relievers with six strikeouts in a game June 8 vs. Toronto... tossed three scoreless innings (12th, 13th and 14th) in the 17-inning Florida win establishing a personal high for innings pitched in a game. ..Picked up his first win of season and second of his career June 22 at Tampa Bay after tossing scoreless 11th and 12th innings... marked his second consecutive win against an American League opponent after earning first career win June 17, 1997 at Detroit. ..Finished 1-0 with a save and a 0.90 ERA (one ER in 10.0 IP) in five appearances against American League clubs... improved career marks against AL foes to 2-0 with one save and a 0.46 ERA (one ER in 19.2 IP) in 11 games, including three in the World Series. ..Spent time on disabled list May 14-31 with a right groin strain. ..Held opposing batters to a .281 (75 for 267) batting average... righthanders hit .251 (42 for 167), while lefties batted .330 (33 for 100). ..Posted a 2-1 record with five saves and a 1.48 ERA (four ER in 24.1 IP) in 18 relief appearances May 10-July 13... was 1-0 with two saves and a 1.93 ERA in June, while recording 17 strikeouts and four unintentional walks in 14.0 innings.
Made Major League debut June 17 at Detroit and became first pitcher in Marlins history to earn a victory in his ML debut... tossed 0.2 hitless and scoreless innings. ..Posted 6.1 scoreless innings in World Series over three appearances, striking out five while walking one... was not active for Division Series vs. Giants or the NLCS vs. Braves, but replaced Alex Fernandez (torn rotator cuff) for the World Series on Florida's postseason roster after the NLCS. ..Contract was recalled from AAA Charlotte June 16 and was optioned back to Charlotte on June 18... recalled back to the Majors on August 16...Pitched in a career-high 63 games between Charlotte and Florida... nearly doubled previous career high of 32 games which he established in 1994 at Kane County...Finished 7-2 at Charlotte in 1997 with a 4.32 ERA and seven saves...was 6-0 with two saves in 22 AAA games after his June appearance with the Marlins...was 1-2 with five saves and a 4.28 ERA in 24 games before initial call-up.
Saw action in 14 games in 1996 for AAA Charlotte... started 13 of those games and earned a save on July 5 in his only relief outing of the season...Threw six shutout innings April 13 in first start of season, giving up four hits with eight K's... was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in April, covering three starts and 18.0 innings...Was placed on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder after pitching on July 5.
Tied for second on club in 1995 with nine wins for the first-place Portland Sea Dogs...Finished fourth among Eastern League starters with .228 opponent batting average against... held opponents to a .194 average in 62.0 IP prior to the All-Star break...Pitched complete game three-hitter vs. Bowie, allowing one unearned run...Became the first Sea Dog pitcher ever to homer, September 4, 1995 vs. Reading.