The infielder was one of the Dominican Republic’s best-known figures in the Major Leagues during the 2000s, as well as one of the most prominent players in winter baseball.
The Dominican Sports Hall of Fame has included the fourth athlete from the Caribbean island who will be praised for his prolific career as a baseball player, both in the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) like in MLB, Rafael Furcal, according to the president of the Permanent Committee of said institution, Dionisio Guzman.
Joins Julian Tavarez, Carlos Lamarche Rey and Nelly Manuel Doné (deceased), such as those announced for exaltation in the 55th edition of the Ceremonial of the aforementioned Pavilion.
Furcal debuted in the Dominican winter ball as a member of the Lions of the Chosen One in 1999 and reached the set of Aguilas Cibaeñas, current champions of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, in 2007. In his first year in LIDOM, “The Mayimbito”Was the leader in on-base percentage (OBP) with 421, as well as runs scored (31), walks (36), triples (2) and sacks on base steal attempts (10).
He finished his career on the Dominican circuit with 177 games in which he had 792 plate appearances (674 official bases), culminating with a .295 batting average, along with an .809 OPS, 13 homers, 60 RBIs and was part of the champion team of the 2007 campaign.
On Big leagues, Furcal debuted in 2000 as a member of Atlanta Braves, team with which he won the award Rookie of the Year of the National League. He stayed for six years within the franchise, before going to Los angeles dodgers, where he played another six years. He was part of the team of St. Louis Cardinals who won the 2011 World Series and concluded his career as an active player in 2014 with Miami marlins.
In 14 years in the “Big tent“The Dominican hit 113 home runs and drove in 587 runs, while scoring 1,063 times. His batting average was .281, along with an OBP of .346 and a .402 slugging (SLG), good for an OPS of .748 He was selected three times to the All-Star Game and received votes for the award of Most valuable Player of the National League twice.
Noted for his defense and for his speed, Rafael Furcal He will always be remembered as a player of important impact in the Dominican Republic and in MLB.