Pete Incaviglia
Pete Incaviglia 1986 Broder (cropped).jpg
Tri-City ValleyCats – No. 41
Left fielder
Born: (1964-04-02) April 2, 1964 (age 58)
Pebble Beach, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 8, 1986, for the Texas Rangers
NPB: April 1, 1995, for the Chiba Lotte Marines
Last appearance
MLB: September 27, 1998, for the Houston Astros
NPB: August 22, 1995, for the Chiba Lotte Marines
MLB statistics
Batting average.246
Home runs206
Runs batted in655
NPB statistics
Batting average.181
Home runs10
Runs batted in31

Peter Joseph Incaviglia (born April 2, 1964), is an American former professional baseball left fielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 12 seasons (19861998), for six different big league teams, also spending one year in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). Incaviglia was drafted in the first round (eighth overall pick) by the Montreal Expos in the 1985 Major League Baseball draft out of Oklahoma State University, then was traded later that same year to the Texas Rangers. He debuted in the major leagues on April 8, 1986, without having spent any time in the minor leagues. His last MLB game was on September 27, 1998. Incaviglia is currently the manager for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Frontier League.

Incaviglia was noted for his power hitting ability as well as his tendency to strike out. During his MLB career, he struck out 1,277 times, while leading the league twice, 1986 and 1988. Incaviglia owns several single-season National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) records, including home runs (HR) (48) and runs batted in (RBI) (143), respectively.

College career

At Oklahoma State, Incaviglia became one of the greatest power hitters in College Baseball history. In three seasons he amassed 100 home runs (in 213 games) and had a career slugging percentage of .915. In 1983, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[1] In his junior season, he hit 48 home runs and finished the year with an NCAA record 1.140 slugging percentage.[2] He also led Oklahoma State to the College World Series in each of his three seasons. He is still the NCAA Division I baseball all-time leader in home runs in a career and home runs in a season.

He was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.[3]

Major League career

Incaviglia's rookie season came in 1986. Drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1985, he refused to play a day in the minor leagues and was later traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Bob Sebra and Jim Anderson.[4] The Rangers would grant the request and make him the 15th player in Major League history to debut in the majors without ever playing any minor league ball since the amateur draft began in 1965.[2] He had the tenth most home runs in the league (30) and set a Rangers club record, but also struck out the most times in 1986 (185), currently holding 44th place (through 2019 season) on the all-time single-season strikeout record. His rookie season set a standard he would be unable to match again through the rest of his career. In 1987, his home run output decreased by three, but his batting average climbed 21 points, had a better slugging percentage, and cut down his strikeouts by 17.

Incaviglia hit at least 20 home runs yearly in his first five seasons, all with Texas. His playing time and production dropped thereafter in single seasons with Detroit and Houston, however his career received a boost when he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies before the 1993 season. He and fellow outfielder Jim Eisenreich were key acquisitions for the team that would go on to win the division and reach the World Series (one year after finishing in last place). In just 368 at-bats, Incaviglia hit 24 home runs and drove in a career-best 89 runs. He also posted career highs in OPS (.848) and WAR (2.9).

Incaviglia as a coach in the Tigers organization in 2005
Incaviglia as a coach in the Tigers organization in 2005

Pete Incaviglia Rule

As a result of the Expos trading Incaviglia immediately after signing him, Major League Baseball instituted a rule whereby a team cannot trade a drafted player until he has been under contract to the club for at least one calendar year. This was known as the Pete Incaviglia Rule.[5] The rule was changed during the 2015 season, allowing teams to trade drafted players the day after the World Series concluded.[6]

Coaching and managing career

Incaviglia was the hitting coach for the Erie SeaWolves, the Detroit Tigers Class AA affiliate in the Eastern League, for the three seasons, but was dismissed at the end of the 2006 season.[7]

Incaviglia was announced as the first manager of the Grand Prairie AirHogs on October 24, 2007. The AirHogs began play in May 2008 in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and reached the Southern Division playoffs in his first season as their manager.[8] After five seasons as manager of the Laredo Lemurs—even winning the 2015 American Association championship—he returned to the AirHogs as hitting coach after the Lemurs shut down operations prior to the 2017 season.

On November 6, 2017, Incaviglia was announced as the second manager of the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB), a position vacated by Gary Gaetti.

On January 28, 2021, Incaviglia was hired to be the manager for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Frontier League.[9]

Grimsley affidavit

On December 20, 2007 Incaviglia was named in Jason Grimsley's unsealed affidavit as an alleged user of amphetamines.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Heiss, Dana (May 1, 1999). "Pete Incaviglia, College Baseball's Home Run Champion, Retires". Baseball Weekly. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2007.
  3. ^ "Lynn, Olerud head College Baseball Hall class". The Sports Network. April 10, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "1987 Topps baseball card # 280".
  5. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy (April 20, 2007). "Arizona owners show true colors". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on July 5, 2007.
  6. ^ Axisa, Mike (May 2, 2015). "May 2 Prospect Watch: MLB fixes the 'Pete Incaviglia Rule'". Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  7. ^ Leonardi, Ron. "Tigers fire SeaWolves manager, coaches". Go The Times Publishing Company. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  8. ^ AirHogs Clinch Playoffs Archived August 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Pete Incaviglia to be ValleyCats Field Manager - OurSports Central". January 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Affidavit: Grimsley named players". CNN. December 20, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2007.[dead link]