Former Mets 2B/3B Edgardo Alfonzo has decided the time is right for him to retire. Alfonzo, who arguably is the best 2B the Mets ever had, played professional baseball for 20 years, 12 of which were in the Major Leagues.
The intelligent second sacker said:
"It's the right time to do it."
Alfonzo played his final game for los Navegantes in Venezuela.
Alfonzo always handled himself with class and respect, and truly loved his time as a Mets player from 1995 - 2002, when the Mets decided it was best not to offer Fonzie a contract due to lingering injuries and evaporating talent. Before leaving, Alfonzo took out ads on NYC taxi's saying:
"Fonzie (Heart) NY
Edgardo Thanks You"
As I have scribed before, it was a pleasure to have watched this unknown player come on the scene, and have a solid professional career, and honestly was one of the more intelligent players I have ever seen. I don't ever recall Fonzie make a foolish mistake, and he was there for the young Latin players to show them the way, the correct way.
Edgardo Alfonzo, 39 and beginning the rest of his life. Wouldn't surprise me to see him wind up a coach somewhere...
Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Baseball Reference