Antonio Alfonseca (born April 16, 1972 in La Romana, Dominican Republic) is a right-handed pitcher, who last pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, who is also known for his extra digit on each hand and foot. Alfonseca has also played for the Florida Marlins (-, ), the Chicago Cubs (-), the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers (). He was signed by the Phillies on January 14, . He is currently a free agent.
At the end of the season, Alfonseca had surgery to repair a herniated disc. Subsequently, the Marlins asked Alfonseca to lose 15 pounds to help to relieve stress on his back. At a weigh-in during spring training, Alfonseca had a confrontation with Dale Torborg, the son of then manager Jeff Torborg. While the Marlins denied any connection, shortly afterwards, on March 27, 2002, he was traded, along with Matt Clement, to the Chicago Cubs for Julian Tavarez, Ryan Jorgensen, Dontrelle Willis, and Jose Cueto.
On September 2, , while with the Cubs, Alfonseca was thrown out of a game for bumping an umpire with his stomach. He was subsequently suspended for five games.
After the season, he filed for free agency, and signed back with the Marlins, but in July , he went down due to a right elbow injury and missed the rest of the season. He was released by the Marlins, signed with the Rangers, but after another mid-season elbow injury was released by them. The Phillies signed him in January 2007.
His nicknames are El Pulpo ("The Octopus"), The Dragonslayer, and Six-Fingers. He has six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, a condition known as polydactyly. His grandfather also had this trait. Alfonseca regards it with pride, as a kind of family emblem. The extra finger has no influence on his pitching, as it does not touch the ball.
Alfonseca a small risk with big past: He could wind up as the Phillies' setup man.(Antonio Alfonseca of Philadelphia Phillies)
Feb 17, 2007; Byline: Todd Zolecki Feb. 17--CLEARWATER, Fla. -- In almost every way, Antonio Alfonseca is the wild card of the Phillies'...
Phillies' bullpen blows another one: Freddy Garcia had a strong outing and left with the score tied. But Antonio Alfonseca and Francisco Rosario each gave up a run to lose it.
May 08, 2007; Byline: Todd Zolecki May 8--PHOENIX -- Is this what the immediate future holds? The Phillies watched their depleted bullpen cost...
This time, collusion more likely an illusion If you were the Cubs, would you have offered arbitration to Antonio Alfonseca or Shawn Estes? I didn't think so.
Dec 09, 2003; Miffed at having to take a big pay cut to stay with the Cubs, Mark Grudzielanek suggested there is something rotten going on in...