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Luis Aguayo

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Luis Aguayo Muriel

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 185 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

"Luis Aguayo is on deck. Aguayo hasn't exactly been reminding anybody of Rogers Hornsby lately." - Richie Ashburn

"Aguayo's running at first base. He doesn't have great speed... what am I saying? He doesn't have good speed, he doesn't even have average speed. The man is slow." - Richie Ashburn

Luis Aguayo had the kind of career that latter-day salary structures would not allow: a quiet ten-year career as a modestly-paid utility infielder. He spent nine seasons with the same team, the Philadelphia Phillies. Starting infielders came and went, but Aguayo was a fixture on the Phillie bench during the 1980s. He was capable of playing third base, second base, and shortstop, but third base was considered his best position. The conventional wisdom was that he lacked the range and arm to handle shortstop for an extended period of time.

Aguayo signed in December 1975 with Jim Bunning, scout Luis Peraza and the Phillies. His first big league break came in the spring of 1980, when he briefly took over at second base when Manny Trillo went down with an injury. He spent most of 1980 with the Oklahoma City 89ers in the American Association, leading the league in errors. After spending 1981 as a utility man, Aguayo was part of trade rumors that had him going to the Chicago Cubs with Larry Bowa and Dick Davis for Ivan DeJesus and Bill Caudill. Unfortunately for Phillies fans, the trade was restructured to include Ryne Sandberg instead.

Aguayo remained in Philadelphia in 1982, but spent most of 1983 with Triple A Portland. He returned to the bigs to stay in 1984. In 1987, he raised some eyebrows by popping 12 homers in 209 at bats. This was held by some as evidence of that season's "rabbit ball," but Aguayo (who was reputedly a dead fastball hitter) did have some pop in his bat. On September 30, his extra innings walk-off home run blast against Jesse Orosco at The Vet sunk the New York Mets fading playoff hopes. On July 15, 1988, Aguayo was traded to the New York Yankees for Amalio Carreno. He signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1989 and finished his major league career riding their bench. Aguayo played briefly for the Triple A Edmonton Trappers in 1990 and the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox in 1991. In his career, he primarily wore number 16.

After retiring, Aguayo coached at Triple A Pawtucket from 1993 to 1995, and managed the Rookie GCL Red Sox from 1997 to 1998, the Class A Lowell Spinners in 1999, the Pioneer League Billings Mustangs in 2004, and GCL Reds from 2005-2006. On June 17, 2008 he was named first base coach of the New York Mets to replace the fired Tom Nieto, but was reassigned at season's end.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1997 GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League 31-28 5th (t) Boston Red Sox
1998 GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League 27-33 10th Boston Red Sox
1999 Lowell Spinners New York-Penn League 34-42 10th (t) Boston Red Sox
2004 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 37-37 5th Cincinnati Reds
2005 GCL Reds Gulf Coast League 22-32 11th Cincinnati Reds
2006 GCL Reds Gulf Coast League 18-34 13th Cincinnati Reds
2010 Palm Beach Cardinals Florida State League 75-65 5th St. Louis Cardinals
2011 Palm Beach Cardinals Florida State League 68-70 7th St. Louis Cardinals
2012 Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League 68-71 9th St. Louis Cardinals

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