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Antonio Aguilera

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Biographical Information[edit]

Antonio Aguilera stole 199 bases in the Mexican League.

Aguilera debuted in 1985, going 8 for 58 with a triple, ten walks and two steals for the Yucatan Lions. The next year, he hit .270/.372/.342 in a part-time role, followed by .281/.380/.427 in 1987. He moved to the Monterrey Sultans in 1988 and became a starter; he fell off to .277/.340/.416 but had 12 triples, 80 runs and 25 steals (in 42 tries). He was three triples behind Mexican League leader Harold Perkins. He put up a .279/.355/.377 line in 1989 and went 31-for-45 in steal attempts. In 1990, Antonio batted .305/.397/.449 with 93 runs, 30 doubles, 8 triples and a career-high 48 stolen bases (he was caught 18 times). He was fourth in the LMB in runs and third in steals (behind Mike Cole and Eric Mangham).

The Mazatlan native hit .306/.406/.524 for Monterrey in 1991, with 75 walks, 25 steals in 39 tries, 26 home runs (his only time in double digits in a far cry from his usual) and 107 runs for his career year. His peak did not last long, as he faded to .241/.354/.326 in 1992. In 1993, he rebounded somewhat to .278/.377/.353 and stole 18 bases while only being caught six times. Aguilera moved to the Plataneros de Tabasco in 1994 and hit .260/.364/.358 in only 45 games. He did not play in the Mexican League in 1995, then returned in '96 with the Mexico City Red Devils to hit .276/.367/.346.

In 1997, the 33-year-old flyhawk split time between Tabasco and the Saraperos de Saltillo, with a composite line of .270/.357/.320. He batted .229/.333/.274 for the Campeche Pirates. He somehow held down a starting role despite only one home run, six steals, 41 runs and 24 RBI in 110 games. In 1999, the veteran outfielder batted .302/.428/.403 in a resurgent year for Monterrey, but it would be his last productive season.

Aguilera hit .261/.361/.338 for the Cafeteros de Cordoba in 2000. Through that season, his career line was .275/.370/.387 with 632 walks, 779 runs and 199 steals (in 299 tries) in 1,385 games. He saw limited time in his last three years - 11 for 48 with 4 doubles, a homer and 8 walks for Campeche in 2001, 12 for 57 with 2 doubles and 12 walks between Yucatan and Campeche in 2002 and 12 for 43 with a homer and five walks for Cordoba in 2003. He did not steal a base in his last three years, staying stuck at 199 swipes.

Aguilera later managed and coached in Mexico, including managerial stints with the Cafeteros de Cordoba in 2003 and the Vaqueros de Laguna in 2005.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2003 Cafeteros de Córdoba Mexican League 16th none replaced Guadelupe Jabalera
2005 Vaqueros Laguna Mexican League -- none replaced Gerardo Sanchez; replaced by Wes Clements

Sources include 1989 and 1991 Baseball Guides, The Mexican League: Comprehensive Player Statistics by Pedro Treto Cisneros