Flavio Alfaro

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1985 Topps #391 Flavio Alfaro

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Infielder Flavio Alfaro was a member of the United States National Baseball Team at the 1984 Olympics but only played one pro season.

Alfaro first attended College of the Canyons. After two years there, he moved on to San Diego State University and hit .383 with 12 home runs for the school in 1984. He was chosen for that summer's Olympic team and started at second base for the squad, ahead of future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin. He went 7-for-18 with 3 RBIs during the games. He is one of only three members of that team not to play in the majors (the others being Sid Akins and Bob Caffrey).

Alfaro was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 1984 amateur draft. He only played one season as a pro, hitting .193/.337/.272 for the Durham Bulls in 1985, stealing 29 bases and walking 82 times. Before the 1986 season, he was traded (along with Rick Cerone) to the Milwaukee Brewers for Ted Simmons. However, he had a disagreement with Brewers management about his assignment (they wanted him to play for Beloit, while he wanted to go to Stockton) and tried to get his release. When the club did not grant that, he chose to leave the game at age 24.

Following his baseball days, Alfaro worked in the recycling industry and played recreational softball in the Sacramento area. He died at age 59 from pancreatic cancer.

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