Sil Campusano

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Sil Campusano
Center fielder
Born: (1965-12-31) December 31, 1965 (age 51)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 4, 1988, for the Toronto Blue Jays
CPBL: March 18, 1994, for the Wei Chuan Dragons
Last appearance
MLB: July 6, 1991, for the Philadelphia Phillies
CPBL: October 12, 1996, for the Wei Chuan Dragons
MLB statistics
Batting average .202
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 23
CPBL statistics
Batting average .297
Home runs 65
Runs batted in 209
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Silvestre Diaz Campusano (born December 31, 1965) is a Dominican former professional baseball center fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, and in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) for the Wei Chuan Dragons.

Early life[edit]

Campusano grew up in the Santo Domingo suburb of Manoguayabo and together with Ramón Martínez and Juan Guzmán served as inspiration for Pedro Martínez to play for Tigres del Licey.[1]

Career[edit]

Major league baseball[edit]

He was signed by the Dominican scout Epy Guerrero as an international free agent for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1983.[2] And he was ranked Baseball America's top prospect from 1986 to 1988.[3][4]

Campusano both batted and threw right-handed, as an outfielder. His first season was for the Toronto Blue Jays, in 1988. He played 79 games and had 142 at bats. He got 31 hits, 14 runs, with 2 home runs, and 12 runs batted in. After playing the entire 1989 season in the minor leagues, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1990. He accumulated 18 hits in 66 games and 85 at bats. Again he hit 2 home runs and had 9 runs batted in. In 1991, also for Philadelphia, he played in 15 games to complete his major league career.

Sil is best known to Phillies fans as a below average player who broke up Doug Drabek's no hitter in August 3, 1990.[5] He confessed not being any nervous neither felt any pressure, besides the game was just one out short to end.[6]

Dominican winter league[edit]

He played for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Republic for 11 years,[7] winning the 1991, undefeated,[8] and the 1994 Caribbean Series.[7] He led the league in doubles in the 1991–92 season and the runs category in 1992–-93. During 1993–94, he led the runs, home runs and walks categories,[9] batted for the cycle in the final series[10] and was named Most Valuable Player.[11]

Taiwan leagues and aftermath[edit]

After leaving MLB Campusano enjoyed a prosperous career in CPBL, playing for the Wei Chuan Dragons (1994–1996) being HR champion in 1994 and Chiayi-Tainan Luka (1997–1999), Taiwan Major League champion in 1997. Campusano ended his career in the Mexican League acting as manager/player with the Langosteros de Cancún in 2000.[7][12] Since 2013 he serve as batting coach for Tigres del Licey.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Licey retira el 45 de Pedro". 7 dias (in Spanish). 2015-11-15. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  2. ^ Tapia, Freddy (2013-05-24). "Epy fue uno de los grandes y pioneros entre scouts de RD". Listin Diario (in Spanish). Santo Domingo. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Top 10 Jays, Expos prospects from 1983-2000". Sportsnet.ca. 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  4. ^ Penner, Mike (1987-03-18). "Angel Notebook : Witt's Hitless Streak Reaches 27 Batters in Team's Loss to A's". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  5. ^ Hagen, Paul (1990-08-04). "Campusano No Hit On Drabek's Chart". philly.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Campusano's Hit In 9Th Spoils Drabek's No-Hitter". The Seattle Times. Philadelphia. AP. 1990-08-04. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Informacion de Medios 2014-2015" (PDF) (in Spanish). Licey. 2014-10-17. p. 3. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  8. ^ Soldevila, Dionicio (2004-01-27). "Henry, Berroa y Mélido: figuras claves en victoria Licey en 1991". Hoy (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  9. ^ "Silvestre Campusano" (in Spanish). Winterball. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  10. ^ Valdez, Julio (2009-01-09). "Timo fue un gigante: batea para el ciclo en triunfo del Licey". El Nacional (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  11. ^ Piña, Tony (2014-01-28). "Hoy 28 de enero ... en béisbol invernal dominicano" (in Spanish). LIDOM. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  12. ^ "2000 Cancun Langosteros". Retrieved 26 April 2016. 

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