Erick Johan Aybar
(born January 14, 1984 in Baní
, Dominican Republic
) is a Major League Baseball shortstop
with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Aybar has also previously played in the Dominican Republic
. He is affectionately referred to as "Admiral Aybar" by Angels fans, named after the beloved Star Wars character Admiral Ackbar
Aybar hit his first career major league home run
on September 25, 2007, in a game against the Texas Rangers
On September 5, 2009, Aybar tied a franchise record for most triples in a game, 2, against the Kansas City Royals
September 8, 2009, Aybar had his first career walk-off hit, against the Seattle Mariners
In game 4 of the 2009 ALCS, Aybar made a single non-glove hand catch to get a double play.
He used to have long dreads, but before Game 6 of the 2009 ALCS he shaved his head.
In game 3 of the 2009 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox, his hit against Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th inning with 2 outs and 2 strikes kept the Angels alive in Game
On September 30, 2010, Aybar swung and missed on a pitch from Texas Rangers
pitcher Darren O'Day
. The pitch struck him in his testicles and he became an overnight sensation on Youtube
In 2009, Aybar hit .312 (eight in the AL) and posted the fourth-best OPS (.776) of all AL shortstops.
2009 Trade Rumors
In 2009, Aybar was included in a rumored list of players that the Toronto Blue Jays
would accept in a deal for ace Roy Halladay
, but broke down when... Read More