Saturday, August 24, 2013

Unknown Heroes Pt. 35: Arquimedez Pozo

This is probably the most obscure Unknown Hero yet.  I have always liked players with unusual names, and so here we have Arquimedez (Quimy) Pozo.  Pozo was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners for Jeff Manto in 1996.  Manto was eventually re-claimed off of waivers by the Red Sox, so essentially Boston got Pozo for 21 games worth of Manto.

Pozo made an immediate impact in Boston.  In his first game with the Red Sox, he singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.  In his second game he tripled and singled, driving in three runs and scoring once in a 9-5 win over the Twins.  His third game was his best yet as he hit a grand slam home run and drove in five runs.  He hit a double in his fourth game and singled in his fifth before he slowed down.  Unfortunately that was pretty much it for his productivity for his Major League career.

Pozo split his time between second base and third base for the Red Sox in 1996.  He was a little better at third than second.

For the 1996 season, Pozo ended with a line of .172/.210/.310 with one home run and 11 RBIs.  In 1997, Pozo spent most of the season at Pawtucket and had a great season.  He hit .284/.358/.512 with 22 home runs and 70 RBIs as the team's third-baseman.  He received another call-up to the Majors, but played just four games and hit .267/.250/.333 with one double and three RBIs.  That was the last time he appeared in the Majors.

Pozo again had a decent season for Pawtucket in 1998.  He hit .305/.352/.494 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs.  He ended up in Japan the next season.

Due to Pozo's very brief career in the Majors, he only had one card issued, plus all of the parallels and variations of that one card, 1997 Score.

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