Eliecer O'Connor

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Eliecer O’Connor García

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Biographical Information[edit]

Eliecer O'Connor played in Cuba.

He was on the Cuban team that won the 1994 World Youth Championship. [1] He batted .458 with 7 runs when Cuba won the 1996 World Junior Championship and was named the All-Star third baseman. He tied Ming-Che Chuang for 6th in average (leading Cuba) and only Marcio Suzuki scored more runs among the batting average leaders, so he may have tied for 2nd in that department. Michel Enríquez was the only other player from the champs to make the tourney All-Star team. [2]

O'Connor did not have as much success in the pro ranks. He debuted with Villa Clara in 1997-1998, hitting .239/.271/.261 in 48 plate appearances and fielding .955 at third, where he backed up Rafael Acebey. It was his only season above the Mendoza Line. He was 4 for 21 in 1998-1999 and batted .190/.226/.260 in 1999-2000, fielding .899 at the hot corner.

He next resurfaced with Cienfuegos in 2002-2003, eking out a .191/.262/.259 line in a career-high 56 games; he had his lone career homer. He fielded .929 at third. He was 3-for-27 with a triple in 2003-2004 to end his Cuban Serie Nacional career at .191/.240/.249 with 19 runs and 20 RBI in 373 plate appearances over 140 games. He had fielded .926 at 3B and .947 in limited time at 2B.

O'Connor was stabbed to death less than two decades after his career ended. [3]

Sources[edit]

  1. Obituary
  2. 1997 Baseball Almanac, pg. 386
  3. Obituary