Pete Incaviglia

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Peter Joseph Incaviglia

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pete Incaviglia, perhaps the best college player of all time, was a low-average slugger in the majors whose highest home run total was as a rookie.

Incaviglia's father, Tom Incaviglia, was a minor league infielder in the Brooklyn Dodgers' chain from 1948 to 1950 and 1955, and his brother, Tony Incaviglia, was a minor league 3B/OF in 1979-1983, mostly in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization. Tony's sons Thomas Incaviglia and Philip Incaviglia, both played professionally as well.

He was selected in the 10th round of the 1982 amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants but did not sign. He was later drafted by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the 1985 amateur draft, 8th overall, after an incredible college season. In 1985, while playing for Oklahoma State University, Incaviglia hit 48 home runs and drove in 143 runs in just 75 games. He ended his career at Oklahoma State with an NCAA-record 100 home runs. He insisted on going straight to the major leagues, something which the Expos were not prepared to let him do. With negotiations at an impasse in the fall of 1985, he was signed by the Expos then immediately traded to the Texas Rangers for pitching prospect Bob Sebra and back-up infielder Jim Anderson. Major League Baseball changed the rules shortly after this trade, preventing teams from trading players until a full year had elapsed after their being drafted, a rule often referred to as the "Pete Incaviglia rule".

Nonetheless, Incaviglia got his wish and broke in with the Rangers at the start of the 1986 season without playing any minor league games. In fact he was the Rangers' clean-up hitter on Opening Day and went on to hit 30 homers, a Rangers team record at the time and also, it turned out, the highest total of his career. Even though he never matched that number, his career was far from a bust: he hit at least 20 home runs each year for five seasons with the Rangers, before becoming a journeyman his last seven seasons.

He played in Japan in 1995 and hit .181/.263/.325 for the Chiba Lotte Marines, striking out 74 times in 243 AB.

In 1999, he was named College Player of the Century by a team of experts. As of 2007, Pete continues to hold the NCAA Division I baseball records for most home runs in a season (48, in 1985, in 75 games), and in a college career (100, 1983-1985, in 213 games). He also holds the single-season college records for slugging percentage and RBI.

For years he was the top home run hitter and RBI man among major league players whose last names start with "I." Raul Ibanez has since passed him in both categories. Hall of Fame historian Lee Allen, who liked to keep track of players whose last names started with unusual letters (and who once wrote an article on the topic), would have been thrilled to see Incaviglia come up.

After his playing career, he was a coach for the Erie SeaWolves in 2004-2006. He was named manager of the newly-created Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association in 2008, managing there through 2010. In 2012, he was appointed manager of another new team in the same circuit, the Laredo Lemurs.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2008 Grand Prairie AirHogs American Association 56-40 3rd Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2009 Grand Prairie AirHogs American Association 48-48 6th (t) Independent Leagues
2010 Grand Prairie AirHogs American Association 43-52 8th Independent Leagues
2012 Laredo Lemurs American Association 54-46 4th Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2013 Laredo Lemurs American Association 52-47 6th Independent Leagues
2014 Laredo Lemurs American Association 58-42 3rd Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2015 Laredo Lemurs American Association 57-43 4th Independent Leagues League Champs
2016 Laredo Lemurs American Association 57-42 4th Independent Leagues
2018 Sugar Land Skeeters Atlantic League 81-45 1st Independent Leagues Champions
2019 Sugar Land Skeeters Atlantic League 72-66 4th Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2021 Tri-City ValleyCats Frontier League 50-46 7th Independent Leagues
2022 Tri-City ValleyCats Frontier League 54-41 5th (t) Independent Leagues
2023 Tri-City ValleyCats Frontier League Independent Leagues

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