A well liked, well-traveled veteran first baseman, Andres Galarraga, 6 ft 3 inches, 235 pounds, played 19 major league seasons, won two Gold Gloves, made five All Star Games, and hit 399 lifetime homers. Born in Caracas Venezuela June 18 1961. In 1984 Andres Galarraga, was voted the Southern League AA Most Valuable Player while playing for the Jacksonville Expos. And the next season while playing for Indianapolis AAA minors in 1985 drew an intentional walk with the bases empty, and was voted the American Association 1985 Rookie of the Year; and then was called up by the Montreal Expos on August 25 1985. Nicknamed The Big Cat for his quick fielding and wide-grin smile, in 1988 Galarraga flexed his muscles and batted .302, Led the NL with 184 hits, lined 42 doubles, 29 homers, 92 RBIs and finished in the top 10 of 12 offensive statistics. And, the right-handed Andres lined 11 straights against right-handed pitching.
Right in the peak of his career after hitting .304, with 47 homers and 150 RBIs in 1996 and hit .318, with 41 Hrs, 140 RBIs in ’97 for the Rockies, then hitting .305 with 44 Hrs and 121 RBIs for the Braves in 1998, Andres Galarraga missed the entire 1999 season for treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
He returned to the Braves in 2000 and batted .302, with 28 Hrs and 100 RBIs. Galarraga posted 1425 lifetime RBIs and played in four playoffs – 1995 Colorado, 1998 Atlanta, 2000 Atlanta and 2003 San Francisco. Galarraga started ’04 with the Anaheim Angels and after getting just 110 at bats had another relapse and another successful treatment for his illness. And retired prior to the 2005 season. Andres Galarraga career stats: .288 BA, 399 Hrs, 1425 RBIs, 2333 hits in 8096 at bats.