Furcal had three older brothers, José, Manuel and Lorenzo, and a sister. [2] Silvino introduced his sons to baseball and Rafael credited his father with teaching him how to enjoy the game. Furcal's unassisted triple play was the first one in the Majors since Oakland's Randy Velarde turned one against the Yankees on May 29, 2000. Before then, he had claimed he was only 21. In 50 games with the Cardinals, he hit .255 with 7 home runs. But when he stepped on second base to retire Mike Matheny and then sprinted to tag Orlando Palmeiro he completed the 12th unassisted triple play in Major League history (11th in regular-season play) and earned himself a spot in baseball lore. Rafael Furcal was born on Monday, October 24, 1977, in Loma de Cabrera, Dajabón, Dominican Republic. The reliever will get a $250,000 buyout. A second opinion from noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews confirmed the diagnosis on March 6, 2013. update=copyright.getFullYear(); Furcal was traded along with cash considerations to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 30, 2011 for Double-A outfielder Alex Castellanos. Two of the errors came on the same play as Furcal booted a routine groundball hit by Pat Burrell and then airmailed his throw behind home plate in a failed attempt to prevent Chase Utley from scoring. Rafael Furcal stole forty-bases in 2000, his first big league season - the seventh National League player, since 1901, to steal forty or more bases during their first year, joining Quilvio Veras (56 SB in 1995), Delino DeShields (42 SB in 1990), Chris Sabo (46 SB in 1988), Vince Coleman (110 SB in 1985), Ozzie Smith (40 SB in 1978), and Gene Richards (56 SB in 1977). The award was voted on by only his teammates. His father, Silvino, drove a taxi and his mother, Aura, was a schoolteacher. var pfHeaderImgUrl = '';var pfHeaderTagline = '';var pfdisableClickToDel = 0;var pfHideImages = 0;var pfImageDisplayStyle = 'right';var pfDisablePDF = 0;var pfDisableEmail = 0;var pfDisablePrint = 0;var pfCustomCSS = 'https://www.baseball-almanac.com/css/print.css';var pfBtVersion='2';(function(){var js,pf;pf=document.createElement('script');pf.type='text/javascript';pf.src='//cdn.printfriendly.com/printfriendly.js';document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(pf)})(); On August 10, 2003, Rafael Furcal turned an unassisted triple play, the fifth by a National League player, the first to do so in an ATLANTA Braves uniform. [23], During the offseason, Furcal played for the Aguilas Cibaeñas. He was transferred to the advanced "A" team in Myrtle Beach and hit .293 for them with 23 steals in 43 games. In addition, he was the Braves Minor League Player of the Year, the South Atlantic League Most Outstanding Prospect and a Class A All-Star. I thought it was the play to make. "I said, 'No, I've got a chance to make it myself.'". 2020 Atlanta Braves Player Reviews: Nick Markakis, The veteran outfielder came out of the gate hot but quickly ran out of steam, 2020 Atlanta Braves Player Reviews: Darren O’Day, The Daily Chop: All MLB Team voting, Darren O’Day’s option declined, and more. All rights reserved. [18][19] With the younger Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop, Furcal was projected to play second base with the Marlins. [1][26], Furcal's father, Silvino, died on Father's Day in 2010 after being kicked by a horse on the family's farm. Furcal met his wife, Glenny, during his final spring training with the Braves and the couple has two sons together, Rafael Jr. (born in 2006) and Anthony (born in 2008). He led all of minor league baseball with 96 steals total. He resides in Santiago, Dominican Republic with his family. "Because you don't get to see that kind of play every day.". We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. [1], Silvino Furcal was a standout outfielder during an era when Dominican ballplayers did not get much recognition from Major League scouts. This was the 12th unassisted triple play in MLB history, and a pretty nifty one. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. During the 2012 season Furcal was batting .264 with five home runs and 49 RBIs until being sidelined with an elbow injury on August 30. © 2020 Barstool Sports. He was named Danville's Player of the Year and Appalachian League All-Star Second Baseman. This is the play that you dream about as a shortstop, and everything has to click. Rafael Antoni Furcal (born October 24, 1977) is a Dominican former professional baseball shortstop. "I've been accused of that many times. Rafael Furcal is nicknamed "El Enano", or "the dwarf", and "Furkey". On December 7, 2005, Furcal signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years and $39 million. New York Mets claim right-handers Nick Tropeano, Jacob Barnes off waivers. His on-base plus slugging of .711 was also below his career average of .757.[10]. In September 2006 Furcal was selected as the inaugural winner of the Roy Campanella Award, given to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. Ball gets lined and Furcal has to climb the latter to get it. Runners have to be going or almost be at the bag, and the ball has to be a nice bloop with enough time for you to snag it. Once the Braves were eliminated from post-season action, Furcal served his time.[7]. This Day in Braves History: Rafael Furcal turns unassisted triple play New, 16 comments By Kris Willis @Kris_Willis Aug 10, 2020, 9:00am EDT Do you know who it was? Advertising InquiriesTerms of UsePrivacy PolicyContent Policy, AppAdvertising InquiriesTerms of UsePrivacy PolicyContent PolicyBest Sports Betting SiteSubscription Terms. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. 1991 - The game between the Astros and Braves is delayed for five minutes when a moth becomes lodged in the ear of Houston outfielder Mike Simms. 2013 - The Marlins end the Braves’ 14-game winning streak as Adeiny Hechavarria scores the game’s only run on a wild pitch by Jordan Walden in the 9th. Furcal goes up, makes the catch, steps on second, and tags the runner who is attempting to make it back to first. "With Vinny (Braves third baseman Vinny Castilla) charging on the bunt, I started to go to cover third," Furcal said. Wainwright would fill the role the Braves signed Cole Hamels to serve a year ago before injuries struck. The first player to turn in an unassisted triple play in the senior circuit ever was also a shortstop, who also played for the Braves , but the franchise was still located in Boston . Furcal actually manufactured the situation by not covering second base right away after pitcher Horacio Ramirez had fielded a Palmeiro sacrifice bunt attempt and threw to a vacant bag. Looking to bolster their pitching staff, the New York Mets claimed right-handers Nick Tropeano and Jacob Barnes off waivers on Friday. Three pitches later, Williams hit the line drive that turned historic. Furcal completed an unassisted triple play for the Braves against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 10, 2003. In September 2004, during his final season with the Braves, he was arrested for drunk driving, violating his probation dating from an earlier drunk driving arrest in June 2000. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins. He was just the second player to make three errors in one postseason inning. 1944 - Red Barrett only needs 58 pitches to shut out the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. Due to injuries he only appeared in 97 games for the Dodgers in 2010, but finished with a .300 batting average and stole 22 bases. 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