Alfonso Rafael "Kiko" Garcia (born October 14, 1953) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. He played ten seasons in the major leagues from 1976 until 1985. Garcia, who is of Mexican American descent, played for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Garcia at bat in 1977
|Born: October 14, 1953|
|September 11, 1976, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 5, 1985, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||112|
Garcia was primarily a shortstop, playing 459 of his 619 career games there, but he also spent time as a second baseman (120 games) and third baseman (51 games). He was the starting shortstop for the American League champion Orioles in 1979.
In the late 1980s he operated a batting cage business named Cagey Hitter in Pleasanton, California, on the grounds of the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Garcia is the president and a coach with the KG Hitters girls fastpitch organization in Northern California.
- Elderkin, Phil, Christian Science Monitor- Boston, Mass, "Kiko Garcia -- from sub to pennant-drive stalwart" (Oct 11, 1979, Sports Section, Page 10); ""Until my second year with the Orioles I was always so tense at the plate that even when I got my pitch I couldn't hit it," says Kiko, a Californian of Mexican descent"