Name: Arquimedez Pozo
Was he any good?
Well, his career in Seattle was somewhat limited.
What I mean by that is, he pinch-hit for Joey Cora in the seventh inning of a September 1995 game against the Twins (drawing KingDome chants of “Po-Zo, Po-Zo”) and popped up to Jeff Reboulet at second base. In the top of the eighth, he fielded a Reboulet grounder and flipped to Alex Rodriguez for the inning-ending force at second.
That’s, uh… that’s it. He did not play during the remainder of the Mariners’ magical September run and failed to make the playoff roster.
He did not make the big league club the following spring and was traded in July to the Red Sox for mediocre corner infielder Jeff Manto. Four days later, he hit a game-winning three-run triple for the Sox. The hit earned him a start the next day, in which he hit a grand slam off a young Twins reliever named Eddie Guardado.
He hit .190 in 25 games with the Red Sox before his demotion to AAA Pawtucket in 1997.
He played a year in Japan, another in Korea and finished his career in 2000 with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League.
Anything else to know?
He has easily the most badass name ever seen in Seattle baseball. Born in the Dominican Republic, he took his name from the Greek mathematician/inventor/astronomer/boss Archimedes. Perhaps he was on his way to inventing new methods of diamond dominance? Yeah, okay.
His name earned him an honorable mention in the 1997 Name of the Year standings. Side note: NOTY is the best thing possible.
Pozo actually had a massive 1993 season with the high-A Riverside Pilots in which he was named an all-star and the league’s top rookie, check it out here.