April 18, 1969 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|May 2, 1995, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1997, for the Anaheim Angels|
|Runs batted in||15|
Eleutero Benjamin "Angelo" Encarnación (born April 18, 1969, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a former professional baseball player who played three seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Anaheim Angels of Major League Baseball.
During a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 12, 1995, Encarnacion made an unusual mistake that ultimately cost the Pirates the game. Encarnacion entered the game in the top of the eleventh inning with the score tied at 10–10, as a pinch runner for the Pirates' starting catcher, Mark Parent. The Pirates failed to score, and Encarnacion remained in the game as the catcher. Later that inning, with one out and Roberto Kelly on third base, Encarnacion casually scooped up a bouncing ball with his face mask. This was a violation of MLB's rarely invoked Rule 7.05 (d), which allows runners on base to advance under that circumstance, permitting Kelly to score the game-winning run uncontested.
- "Mask Mishap Helps Dodgers", The New York Times, August 14, 1995.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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