2006 - 2007
Edgar Renterķa
Edgar Enrique Renterķa was born August 7, 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Edgar attended Instituto Los Alpes High School in Barranquilla, and now he plays short stop in Major League Baseball. Renteria was the first Colombian to play in the World Series. Edgar was signed by the Florida Marlins as a free agent in 1992 and he made his debut with them on May 10, 1996. He played with the Marlins from 1996 - 1998, the St. Louis Cardinals from 1999-2004, the Boston Red Sox in 2005, and the Atlanta Braves from 2006 - present. This right-hander has many accomplishments, including hitting a two-out single in the bottom of the eleventh inning to score Craig Counsell and win the World Series for the Florida Marlins in 1997. Renteria is a five-time All Star (1998, 2000, 2003-04, 2006), a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2002-03) and a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner for shortstop (2000, 2002-03). He founded the Team Renteria Baseball Academy in his native Colombia to promote the growth of baseball among underprivileged youth in his homeland. Edgar received the "San Carlos Cross of the Order of the Great Knight", Colombia's highest honor, from President Ernesto Samper at La Casa de Narino presidential palace November 4, 1997, just days after his World Series heroics with the Marlins. He was named the 1997 Man of the Year by the El Espectador newspaper in a vote among Colombia's most outstanding public figures. Renteria was also named Sportsman of the Year by El Espectador. In 2002, he funded Edgar Renteria Field at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center and was the spokesman for the St. Louis Public School reading program.
Braves Career Highlights
2006: Hit safely in 119 of the 149 games he played. Began the season with a career-best 24-game hitting streak. It was the longest streak to begin a season since 1976, when Detroit's Ron LeFlore had a 30-game hitting streak. He was named to his fifth career All-Star team in July. Hit .318 before the All-Star break, and just .264 after it.
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