El Paso Hall of Fame selects five for baseball honor

El Paso Hall of Fame selects five for baseball honor
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 1:44pm

Eloy Alvarado – Ysleta HS infielder on 3 district champs 1966-1969 & as a senior, All-District 2nd baseman; played for two conference championship teams at Ranger Jr. College & selected All-Conference as a sophomore; 2nd baseman & catcher for UTEP Miners 1971-1973; semi-pro baseball in Juarez for 10 years; head baseball coach at Riverside HS 1977-1983; in his first season, District champs and Coach of Year 1977; co-district champs in 1981; JV and varsity assistant coach at Coronado HS 1998-2002.

Alonso Beltran – Socorro HS pitcher 1989-1990; 1-5A All-District & All-City teams both seasons; New Mexico Jr. College set strikeout record in 1991 & 1st Team WJCAC All-Conference team; drafted 14th round 1991 with Toronto Blue Jays & pitched 5 seasons with Blue Jays farm teams; named to short season Class A All-Star squad 1993; ended minor league pro career with Double A Pirates team 1999; Mexican League for 12 seasons; pitched Mexican Olympic team in Qualifying Tournament in Cuba 2006.

Frank Castillo – Stellar pitcher at Eastwood HS; threw perfect game against Hanks in 1987; drafted by Chicago Cubs 1987; MLB debut for Cubs on June 27, 1991 against Pittsburgh Pirates pitching 8 solid innings; one out away from no-hitter against St. Louis Cardinals before allowing a hit & went on to complete the shutout on Sept. 25, 1995; seven seasons with Cubs, followed with the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, World Champion Boston Red Sox in 2004, & Florida Marlins; 13 year MLB career with 82 wins & 1,101 strikeouts; passed away in a swimming accident on July 28, 2013.

Ruben Felix – Socorro HS pitcher/outfielder to include 1987 All-City Outfielder, 1988 District 2-5A & El Paso Times Co-Player of Year; collegiate baseball with Lubbock Christian, New Mexico State, Dodge City CC, Howard JC; All-Conference & All-Region Lubbock Christian & Dodge City CC; played pro baseball for 5 seasons in Triple AAA-A in both U.S. & Mexico; last 10 years coach and scout at every level of baseball including MLB assistant bullpen coach Cleveland Indians 2004-06 & Baltimore Orioles 2008-09.

Mark Grudzielanek – Outstanding infielder at Hanks HS with career BA .449 (1988-89); Trinity State JC (CO) in 1991 Jr. College World Series; drafted & signed 11th round Montreal Expos 1991; MLB debut for Expos on Apr. 28, 1995; 15 years in MLB with career .289 BA & 2,040 hits; selected to All-Star Game for NL in 1996; 201 Hits in 1996; NL At Bats (649) Leader 1997; NL Doubles (54) Leader 1997; Runs scored (101) in 2000; AL Gold Glove winner (2nd baseman) 2006; played for Expos 1995-98, LA Dodgers 1998-2002, Chicago Cubs, 2003-04, St. Louis Cardinals 2005, KC Royals 2006-08, & Cleveland Indians 2010.

The 26th annual Induction and Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at Vista Del Sol Conference Center, 11189 Rojas Drive. The festivities will begin at 6:00 pm.

To purchase tickets for the banquet, please call (915) 494-7710 or any Board member. For additional information, go to the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame website: elpasobaseballhalloffame.org

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