September 24, 1975|
Baní, Dominican Republic
|Died: October 3, 2005
|August 26, 2001 for the Colorado Rockies|
Last MLB appearance
|April 14, 2002 for the Chicago Cubs|
Mario González Encarnación (September 24, 1975 – October 3, 2005) was a baseball outfielder born in Baní, Dominican Republic. He played for the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs for a brief duration—23 games in 2001 and 2002.
He had begun playing for the Macoto Cobras of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan since 2005. He set a CPBL record by hitting two home runs in his first two at-bats in the league. On October 3, he was found dead in his team dormitory room.
Earlier in the season, he was briefly suspended for testing positive for steroids, leading to speculation regarding the role of drugs in his death. It had also been reported that he had been suffering from a bout of gastroenteritis for several weeks prior to his death. Autopsy reports later showed that he had died from a congenital medical condition.
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