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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Alberto Diaz made a perfect sacrifice in 1991; Played five seasons, never made AA

Alberto Diaz tried to set the table, but his teammates in this May 1991 game couldn't bring the runners home, according to The Palm Beach Post.

In the bottom of the eighth, high-A St. Lucie picked up a single and benefited from an error to put two on. Diaz came up and perfectly sacrificed them over, The Post wrote. A fly ball and perfect throw to the plate, however, ended the threat.

Diaz played that year at St. Lucie in his fourth season as a pro. His career would end there soon afterward. He never made AA.

Diaz' career began in 1987, signed by the Mets out of Colegio Santa Elena in his native Santo Domingo, D.R. Diaz was also credited as Al Diaz.

Diaz' started with the Mets at rookie Kingsport. He hit .208 in 22 games. He moved to the rookie Gulf Coast League for 1988. He got into 23 games there and hit .307.

Diaz returned to Kingsport for 1989. In 68 games there, he hit his first two professional home runs and ended with an average of .278. He also stole 31 bases.

The infielder moved up to single-A for 1990, at Columbia. He hit .270 over 106 games and stole 17. He then played his final pro season at St. Lucie. He committed an error in a June game by overthrowing second. Overall, he hit  .217 in 108 to end his career.

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