Domingo Carrasquel Sr.
Domingo Eloy Carrasquel
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- Born December 1, 1937 in Caracas, Distrito Federal Venezuela
- Died September 14, 2016 in Barquisimeto, Lara Venezuela
Infielder Domingo Carrasquel Sr. played in the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers organization. His son, Domingo Carrasquel Jr., also played in the minors. He is also related to Alex Carrasquel, Chico Carrasquel, Martin Carrasquel, Manuel Carrasquel, Alfonso Collazo, Cris Colón and Emilio Carrasquel. Domingo led his league in steals and runs at least twice and at least once in average, OBP, doubles and RBI.
Domingo made his pro debut in 1955 but fared poorly with the Madisonville Miners (9 for 75) and St. Petersburg Saints (5 for 37). That winter, he was 0 for 1 for the Leones del Caracas. He was 0 for 2 for the 1956-1957 Licoreros de Pampero and 2 for 12 for the same club the next season. In 1958, he resumed his US career with the Great Falls Electrics and his game was more charged, hitting .300/?/.447 with 33 doubles and 10 triples. He tied for the Pioneer League lead in doubles and was 7th in triples. He hit .250 for Pampero in 1958-1959.
In the summer of 1959, Carrasquel batted .321/.417/.503 with 12 triples and 14 homers for the Electrics. He led the league in runs (134 in 130 games, 22 more than anyone else), steals (39) and times hit by pitch (13). He led Pioneer League shortstops in fielding percentage (.944), assists (376) and double plays (86). He was 9th in the league in average and third in triples (behind Ronald Hogg and Donn Clendenon). In winter ball, he hit .240/?/.304.
Domingo split 1960 between the Green Bay Dodgers (.289/.392/.515 in 93 G), Macon Dodgers (.247/.340/.329 in 29 G) and Montreal Royals (2 for 15), with a combined 16 homers, 64 walks and 72 runs. He hit just .200 in 1960-1961 for Pampero, his last season with them. In 1961, the 23-year-old was back down to Great Falls, where he had already proven himself. He hit .361/?/.540 with 32 doubles and 11 triples this time with them. He won the league batting title, tied for 3rd in triples and tied George Kopacz for fourth in doubles. Back with his old Caracas club in the winter, he hit .238/?/.333.
Domingo ended his US career with the 1962 Greenville Spinners, producing at a .288/.356/.400 clip with 8 triples and 74 RBI. He hit .279 and slugged .409 in 1962-1963 for the Leones. In 1963, he spent the summer in the Mexican League and fielded poorly (42 E, .930 at SS) for the Reynosa Broncos but carried a big stick (.297/.367/.583, 32 HR, 8 3B, 92 RBI). He was second in the LMB in home runs, 7 behind Ronnie Camacho, and tied for 5th in RBI. The power carried over to his homeland though he did have his best Venezuelan League campaigns in home runs (4) and RBI (25) in 1963-1964, when he hit .258/?/.377. He led the league in RBI and was second to Dick Simpson in circuit clouts.
Carrasquel was worse in a return engagement with Reynoso, fading to .233/.338/.446 while unable to hold down a regular position in 1964. That winter, he hit just .189 with no home runs in his last season for his hometown Caracas club. He moved to the Navegantes del Magallanes for the rest of the winter and improved to .276. With the Piratas de Campeche of the lesser Mexican Southeast League in 1965, the veteran hit .340/.446/.521 with 25 doubles, 74 runs, 61 walks (to 24 K) and 47 steals (caught only 6 times) in 87 games. He led the league in swipes (almost as many as the next three players combined), walks and runs and was third in average behind Rafael Alomar and Hilario Pena. With a better batting eye than either Alomar or Pena, he easily led in OBP as well.
He hit .261 for the 1965-1966 Navegantes then was back up in the Mexican League the following summer, hitting .300/.404/.427 with 78 walks while playing primarily third base for the Águila de Veracruz. He was at .261/?/.317 for the 1966-1967 Magallanes team. In 1967, he hit .299/.405/.414 for Veracruz with 84 runs, 84 walks and 23 steals in 32 tries. He tied Marcelo Juárez for third in the LMB in steals. In the winter campaign, he was only 20 for 95 to end his Navegantes run.
In his final minor league season as a player, Carrasquel was an outfielder mostly and batted .233/.334/.358 with 64 walks and 11 home runs. He would still play for four more years in Venezuela, all with the Cardenales de Lara. He had his best LVBP season in average in 1967-1968 at .312/?/.447 for the best batting average by a starter on a team with quite a few major leaguers (Cito Gaston, Jim Campanis, Bobby Cox, Bob Oliver). He fell to .264/?/.365 in 1968-1969 and .250/?/.316 in 1969-1970 before going 7 for 35 with a double in 1970-1971, his swan song, 15 years after his debut.
He later managed in the Venezuelan League for a number of years and guided the Venezuelan national team in the 1990 Baseball World Cup. He also managed Mexico's Industriales de Monterrey for part of 1993.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1993||Industriales de Monterrey||Mexican League||--||--||replaced by Miguel Solis|