November 6, 1973 |
Santiago, Dominican Republic
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 4, 1997 for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 30, 2005 for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||4.82|
Carlos Manuel Almanzar Girón (born November 6, 1973) is a Major League Baseball pitcher. He has pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and Texas Rangers. He has also pitched in the minor leagues for the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.
Almanzar was involved in an infamous incident involving some Rangers teammates and Oakland Athletics fans on September 13, 2004, that ultimately resulted in teammate Frank Francisco throwing a chair into the stands and hitting a fan, causing her to suffer a cut. He was suspended briefly for the incident.
On October 4, 2005, Almanzar, who had missed most of the 2005 season due to a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery to repair, was suspended for 10 days by MLB authorities for failing a steroids test. He indicated that he would appeal the suspension.
Almanzar's 17-year-old son, Michael Almanzar, recently signed a deal with the Boston Red Sox as an international free agent. He was awarded with a signing bonus of $1.5 million, the largest signing bonus that the Red Sox have given to an international free agent ever. He plays third base and began the 2008 season playing for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox before receiving a promotion to the Single-A Greenville Drive.
- "Fan's nose was broken by chair thrown by Francisco". ESPN. 2005-04-29. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- "Francisco appeals; two others suspended". ESPN. 2004-09-18. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- "Players suspended under baseball's steroids policy". espn.com. 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2007-07-20.