#MLBPlayers411 | Edwin Encarnación
One of the top hitters available in the off-season free agent market, today's #MLBPlayers411 Edwin Encarnación, is just beginning to feel at home after joining the reigning American League champion Cleveland Indians on a three-year deal. Edwin, who was coming off a 2016 campaign in which he tied his career-high with 42 home runs and set a career mark with an AL-best 127 RBIs, adds another layer of power to an already potent Indians lineup.
He got off to a slow start during his first month in Cleveland, however, May has been a different story. and he has seemed to have found that familiar power stroke. With two more home runs on May 23, the three-time All-Star is up to nine for the season and second on the Indians to Francisco Lindor's 10.
In case you haven't noticed, Edwin does something a little extra every time he goes yard.
Beginning with a grand slam back in April 2012, Edwin sticks his right arm out as he rounds the bases following a home run. He calls it “walking the parrot,” and his arm juts out as if he is taking the imaginary bird for a jog around the bases. Back in 2015, Edwin explained his home run celebration.
“When I hit the grand slam I got excited and rounded the bases from the side, turning like an airplane,” Encarnacion told The Canadian Press. “My teammates liked it and said I should keep doing it so I've kept doing it.”
Edwin is from La Romana, the seventh-largest city in the Dominican Republic, but split his timein Puerto Rico (where his father coached at a college) during his high school years. Edwin's Puerto Rican residence is what made him eligible for the MLB draft.
He was drafted in 2000 by the Texas Rangers, but was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. He made his Major League Baseball debut for the Reds on June 24, 2005 and played four seasons at third base in Cincy before being traded to Toronto for fellow third baseman Scott Rolen at the trade deadline in 2009.
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