Mario Encarnación

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is González and the second or maternal family name is Encarnación.
Mario Encarnación
Born: (1975-09-24)September 24, 1975
Baní, Dominican Republic
Died: October 3, 2005(2005-10-03) (aged 30)
Tamsui, Taipei
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 26, 2001, for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
April 14, 2002, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .203
Home runs 0
hits 3

Mario González Encarnación (September 24, 1975 – October 3, 2005) was a baseball outfielder born in Baní, Dominican Republic. He played for the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs for a brief duration23 games in 2001 and 2002.

He had begun playing for the Macoto Cobras of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan since 2005. He set a CPBL record by hitting two home runs in his first two at-bats in the league. On October 3, he was found dead in his team dormitory room.

Earlier in the season, he was briefly suspended for testing positive for steroids, leading to speculation regarding the role of drugs in his death.[1] It had also been reported that he had been suffering from a bout of gastroenteritis for several weeks prior to his death. Autopsy reports later showed that he had died from a congenital medical condition.[2]

See also


  1. Chang, Richard. Baseball player found dead in dormitory room. Taipei Times, October 4, 2005.
  2. SABR Asian Baseball Committee Newsletter, Vol. 3 No. 2. December 2005.

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