José Franco Tolentino (June 3, 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico), is a retired Major League Baseball first baseman. He played for the Houston Astros in 1991. He was a coach for the Mexican national baseball team during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Playing career 
1st team NCAA all-American selection at Seminole Oklahoma, batted .450 with 24 homers and set national record at Junior College for base hits and RBI in a season, lost batting title against Kirby Puckett, all tournament team for the Junior College World Series in 1981 and 1982 Earns all conference honors in his only season at the University of Texas after hitting .339 and setting then school records with 73 RBI and 28 doubles. Hit .458 in regional play as Texas went on to win the College World Series title in Omaha in 1983. Nominee for the Golden Spikes Award with Dave Magadam, College teammates include Roger Clemens and Calvin Schiraldi Before going to the big leagues in 1991, Jose hit in 30 consecutive games to wrap up the year. The streak was the longest in pro baseball . Hit .413 with 11 home runs during the streak (July 27 - September 1); finish with 21 homers to lead Tucson, Drove 56 of his 78 RBi in just two months, Earn the 1990 Topps Baseball Achievement Awards for the month of August next to 3b Jeff Bagwell. In the Minors Lead the Southern League in hits in 1986 with 170, name to the northwest league All Star team in 1983 after finishing third in the league in batting; team also included Jose Canseco, Terry Steinbach and 3b Mark Mc Gwire Becomes the first Mexican to play in Japan, In Mexico Led Potros de Tijuana team to his fist Pacific League Title in 1991, and earns MVP for the season, batting .329 with 55 rbi and 11 HR ; in 1995 and 1996 Led Monterrey to its second straight Mexican League Title hitting .342 with 104h 24 doubles, 16 hr and 79 rbi
Coaching career 
2007 Hitting, First-base and bench Coach for Team Mexico in RIO Games 2007 2008 Managed Team Mexico to the 2008 Beijing Olimpic Games and Hitting First-base and bench Coach for Team Mexico in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic WBC
Broadcasting career 
Broadcaster for ESPN, Anaheim Angels, FOX Sports, FOX Sports International and Direct TV.
Personal Life 
Tolentino currently resides in Mission Viejo, CA, with his wife.
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