Apolinar Garcia moved to independent Long Island in mid-2000 and Garcia fight right in, even before he picked up his first win for his new club.
"As soon as I got here," Garcia told Newsday, "everybody was like a family. They made me feel comfortable."
Garcia spoke to Newsday after a performance where he struck out seven. He did that in his 10th season as a pro. In that career, Garcia made AAA, but he never made the majors.
Garcia's career began in 1988, signed by the Athletics as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.
Garcia played his first year between the rookie Gulf Coast League and single-A Madison. He went 3-5 with an 8.23 ERA over 13 outings, 10 starts. He also got a game at AAA Tacoma.
For 1989, Garcia returned to Madison. He went 5-14, with a 4.60 ERA. In 1990, he got seven games at AA Huntsville. In 1991, he got seven at Tacoma. He then got traded.
That July, Garcia was sent to the Indians with another player for Brook Jacoby. He finished the year at AA Canton-Akron, getting just four more starts. His 1992 season was spent at high-A. He picked up a win in August for Kinston, giving up three hits and striking out 14.
Garcia continued with the Indians through 1994, playing largely at Canton-Akron. He made news in September 1993 when he got sprayed by a skunk.
Garcia then moved to Mexico. He is credited as playing 1996 with Mexico City and Yucatan. In 1998, he moved to independent ball with Elmira. He signed with Atlantic City for 1999, continuing in the Atlantic League through 2001. He played his final season as a pro with Bridgeport.
- Newsday, Sept. 5, 2000: Garcia Impresses Ducks