Irving Falu (born June 6, 1983) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball infielder for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB).After playing college baseball at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, Falu was drafted by the Royals in the 21st round of the 2003 MLB Draft. Falu was called up to the major league level for the first time on May 3, 2012. He made his debut on May 6 against the New York Yankees at shortstop, and hit a triple in his first major league at-bat, as well as a base hit with his second at bat. Falu is the cousin of former Boston Red Sox first base coach Luis Alicea.
Highlights In 2011 spent the entire season at Omaha (AAA) for the third straight year…played at least 17 games at second base, third base, shortstop and right field … Tied his career high set in 2008 at NW Arkansas with a .301 batting average while tying for fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 9 triples … Switch hitter batted .339 (40-for-118) against left-handers and .285 (76-for-267) against right-handers. In 2010 Played for his native Puerto Rico in the Pam American Qualifying Tournament in his home country…helped Puerto Rico qualify for the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. I 2013 selected to play for team Puerto Rico on The World Baseball Classic.
José Alexander “Alex” Cora (born October 18, 1973 in Caguas, Puerto Rico) is a professional baseball infielder who is currently retired. Works as a baseball analyst for ESPN. He played college baseball at the University of Miami. Cora was drafted in the 12th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but did not sign a contract and decided instead to play collegiate baseball at the University of Miami. While there, Cora was named to the College World Series all-tournament team in both 1995 and 1996. He led the team to the title game in 1996, a game they lost to Louisiana State University. Played MLB with the following teams Los Angeles Dodgers (1998–2004), Cleveland Indians (2005), Boston Red Sox (2005–2008), New York Mets (2009–2010), Texas Rangers (2010), Washington Nationals (2011). Cora represented Puerto Rico at both the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.
Highlights with the Boston Red SoxCora with the Red Sox, turning a double-play against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on April 16, 2007 In Boston, Cora was originally intended to provide a suitable backup for shortstop Edgar Rentería. With the trade of Rentería to the Atlanta Braves before the start of the 2006 season, Cora was being eyed to take the position of starting shortstop until the Red Sox acquired Álex González. Also, Cora batted .238 with one home run and 18 RBIs. Cora has played in the two longest nine-inning games in MLB history. The first was a 4-hour, 27-minute game on October 5, 2001 between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. The second game, and the longest on record, was a 4-hour, 45-minute game on August 18, 2006, in the second game of a double header between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees. During his years with Boston he was used mostly as a pinch- runner. However, he did well in his hitting as used in the game as the Red Sox shortstop.
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