One of the most popular players on the New York Mets in the late 90's was second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Alfonzo, known as "Fonzie" by Mets fans, played with the Mets from 1995 until 2002. Alfonzo played both second and third for the Mets, and he was a key catalyst on the playoff teams in 1999 and 2000. Alfonzo's strong play was rewarded with one All Star selection in his career, during the year 2000.
2000: Alfonzo had a strong season in 2000, hitting .324 with 25 home runs and 94 RBI's. Alfonzo was selected to his only All Star team as a reserve for the National League. Alfonzo entered the game, which was played at Atlanta's Turner Field, in relief of starting second baseman Jeff Kent. Alfonzo went 0 for 2 with a strikeout in the NL's 6-3 loss. Alfonzo and his Mets' teammates went on to advance to the World Series for the fourth time in franchise history, only to lose the Subway Series to the New York Yankees in five games.
Alfonzo continued to play well for the Mets over the next two years. Alfonzo would end up moving back to third base in 2002 to make room for the newly acquired Roberto Alomar, but recurring back problems led the Mets to let him leave as a free agent. Alfonzo signed with the Giants in the offseason, but his bad back led to a rather rapid decline. Alfonzo last appeared in the majors in 2006 with the Toronto Blue Jays, but he continued to bounce around lower levels of baseball hoping to get another shot in the majors. Alfonzo finally retired after the 2012 season, but appeared around New York this season as a part of the All Star festivities. Alfonzo served as the manager for the World team in the Futures Game, and it could serve as the prelude to a future coaching career in baseball.
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