- SS, 2B, 3B, DH, 1B
- October 15, 1967
- 6' 1"
- 185 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-20-1990 with PIT
When Pirate Gold Glove second baseman Jose Lind was sent off to the Kansas City Royals after the 1992 season, Carlos Garcia took over as the starting second sacker in the post-championship era. While Lind was a better fielder, Garcia was certainly adequate with the glove and was superior offensively to his predecessor.
He came up for a cup of coffee in 1990 and 1991 and after a solid season with the Pirates AAA affiliate in Buffalo where he hit .303 and showed a rare glimpse of power by hitting homers in five consecutive games, came up for good in ’93.
Garcia’s official rookie campaign was a successful one as he hit 12 of his lifetime 33 homers, while accumulating 147 hits, third among all rookies. After the season, Carlos had the honor of being named to the Topps All-Rookie Team.
Things improved a little in the strike shortened of 1994 as Garcia was named to his one and only all-star team, in front of the hometown crowd at Three Rivers Stadium. He didn’t disappoint as he singled in two at bats, although the great Randy Johnson picked him off at first.
1995 proved to be Garcia’s best major league season, despite being hampered with a hamstring problem, which saw him spend some time on the disabled list. Garcia not only hit a career best .294 as a regular, but also set his personal bests in on base percentage, with a .343 mark, slugging, .420 and RBI’s with 50. The highlight of Carlos’ season was the 21 game hitting streak he went on. Garcia also chipped in later on with a 15 game hitting streak.
Carlos played one last season in the Steel City and again spent some time on the disabled list. Garcia had another fine year with a .285 average and was sent to the Blue Jays after the campaign was over with Orlando Merced and Dan Plesac in exchange for six prospects that included Abraham Nunez, Craig Wilson, and Jose Silva.
The Venezuelan native stayed in the big leagues for three more seasons with the Toronto, Anaheim and San Diego, but was never the same again. He hit only .220 in ’97 and then hurt his leg with the Angels, which limited him to only 35 at bats in 1998. After 11 times up for the Padres in 1999, he was out of the majors for good.
García served as the first base and third base coaches for the Seattle Mariners from 2005 through 2007. He served as the first base coach and infield instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Carlos was named the manager of the Bradenton Marauders, a minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, in December 2010.
Career highlights and awards
* All-Star (NL): 1994
* Turned a triple play along Jay Bell and Kevin Young against the St. Louis Cardinals (August 10, 1993)
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