Former Blue Jays second baseman Damaso Garcia, a two-time All-Star, dies at 63

Damaso Garcia, a two-time All-Star second baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays who was part of the team’s 1985 American League East championship squad, died Wednesday in his native Dominican Republic, his son, Damaso Jr., confirmed to ESPN. He was 63.

Garcia played in the majors for 11 seasons, including seven with the Blue Jays. He anchored the middle infield in Toronto along with countryman Tony Fernandez, who died in February at the age of 57.

Garcia made the all-star team in 1984 and 1985 and helped the Jays to the franchise’s first playoff appearance. He hit .283 for his career, including a .310 average in 1982 that earned him the AL’s Silver Slugger award for his position.

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