Sunday, February 24, 2008

Don't Let Em Take The Fight Outta You

Edgardo Alfonzo has reported to Texas Rangers camp with hopes of returning to the show for the first time since 2006. After spending all of the 2007 season with the Long Island Ducks, Fonzie signed a minor league contract with the Rangers this December. The competition for a spot on the major league roster will be tight, but manager Ron Washington hasn't counted Fonzie out.

"He's a professional," Washington said. "He can still swing the bat and he can play everywhere on the field. He has been very successful. Everybody here has a chance and he does too. He's certainly got a lot left. He was a stud at one time. He hasn't lost anything. He's in great shape, he can swing the bat and he still moves around well out there. He's got a lot left."

This winter Alfonzo hit .335 with 14 doubles, 1 triple, and 5 home runs for the Navegantes Magallanes and was chosen by the Aragua Tigres as a replacement for the postseason. He won the LVBP's comeback player of the year award with 35 of 40 possible votes.

"The last thing you want to do is give up," Alfonzo said. "This is a great opportunity and I feel good. I'm open for anything. It doesn't matter if they want me as a utility guy, I'll be ready." Hopefully this June we'll get to see the Fonz at Shea for one last time.

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