Making his major league debut on April 4, 2000, Sports Speaker Rafael Furcal had his first hit playing with the Atlanta Braves against the Rockies. He went on to have 40 stolen bases with the Braves and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Returning to the lineup in 2002 after he suffered a dislocated shoulder, he tied the record with three triples in a game. He was also selected to the National League All-Star Team in 2003.
In 2005, Rafael signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years and was awarded the Roy Campanella Award for his positive spirit and leadership. He became one of five Major League players to get hits in three consecutive games. On July 30, 2011 Rafael Furcal was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Rafael even picked up a championship ring as the Cardinals won the 2011 World Series. After the World Series Rafael signed a one-year deal with the Miami Marlines, but with a younger shortstop on the roaster, he was projected to play second base. In 2015, he signed two different minor league contracts and played only seven games before announcing his retirement on May 19th.
Being from the Dominican Republic, Rafael has used his baseball earnings to give back to his hometown. In 2008 when he re-signed with the Dodgers, he arranged to have the Los Angeles Fire Department donate a fire truck to Loma de Cabrera, which until then had no fire department. Rafael has also reached out to residents of Loma de Cabrera to help them pay for any hospital bills they may have. Rafael Furcal is available for speaking engagements, sporting events, and sports clinics.
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